Nancy J. Ruddell BLUEFIELD ? Nancy J. Ruddell, 77, formerly of 1412 Franklin Street, Bluefield, and Ridge Care, Princeton, passed away and was united with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at Princeton Health Care after a long illness. Nancy was born in Bluefield on Nov. 15, 1929, the youngest child of the late George Preston Ruddell and Maude (Rakes) Ruddell. A graduate of Beaver High School, Bluefield College, and Concord College with a bachelor?s degree in education, Nancy taught English at Fairview Junior High and Bluefield Middle School. She retired from the Mercer County School System in 1989 after 39 years of teaching. Nancy's dedication and compassion to her students will long be remembered. Nancy was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she was a member of Circle No. 1, the Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa teacher's sorority, and the Golden Age Club where she was president at the time of her illness. In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim Ruddell in 1925 and John ?Jack? Ruddell in 2003. Survivors include two brothers, Richard ?Dick? Ruddell of Spearfish, S.D., and Joe Ruddell and wife Pat of Houston, Texas; four nephews, Pres Ruddell and wife Janet of Glastonbury, Conn., Larry Ruddell and wife Aylin of Houston, Jim Ruddell and wife Martha of Lovettsville, Va., Bill Ruddell and wife Sherry of Houston; three nieces, Franna Ruddell of Kensington, Md., M'Annette Ruddell and Jane Ruddell, both of Philadelphia, Pa.; seven great-nephews; four great-nieces; special cousin, Shirley Thompson and husband Frank of Roanoke, Va.; and numerous friends. A memorial service celebrating Nancy's life will be conducted Saturday, March 31, 2007, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Bluefield. A private burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery on Ruddell Road in Vinton, Va. Memorial contributions may be made to Golden Age Club, P.O. Box 1254, Bluefield, WV 24701. Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the Ruddell family with arrangements.