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Elaine Rutherford

December 6, 1942 — June 4, 2024


Elaine Rutherford, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at the age of 81. Born on December 6, 1942, in Macon, Georgia, Elaine was the daughter of the late Grover and Bessie Snow Heath.

Elaine excelled academically, graduating as valedictorian Class of 1960 from Dudley High School. Her professional life was equally remarkable, beginning with her role on Robins Air Force Base. Elaine worked for several years as a computer programmer until her civilian retirement. She then pursued a new role as the office manager for the Gold Cup Bowling Center in Warner Robins, where she worked until second and final retirement.

Elaine could often be found perfecting the art of bowling, ceramics, or nurturing her plants. Yet, her greatest source of happiness was found in the company of her family, cherishing every moment spent with them.

Elaine will be remembered as a gentle and compassionate soul, always ready to extend a helping hand or a listening ear. Her legacy of selflessness and love will endure in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Her memory will forever be treasured by her beloved husband of 59 years, Dallas Richard Rutherford, Sr.; children, Lisa Kilinski (Michael) of Hawkinsville, Dallas Rutherford, Jr. (Tamatha) of Juliette, and David Rutherford (Yvonne) of Warner Robins; grandchildren, Stephanie Dupree, Richard Hysell, Seth Hysell, Cheylan Rutherford, Dallas Rutherford, III, Anna Rutherford, Ava Geyer, Auburn Geyer, Alden Geyer, and Katherine Rutherford; great grandchildren, Jacob Dupree, Andrew Dupree, Elijah Hysell, Naomie Brown, Preston Brown, and Abagail Hysell; and siblings, Robert and David Heath.

Visitation will be Friday, June 7, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home.   A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2024, in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home.  Afterward, Elaine Rutherford will be laid to rest in Parkway Memorial Gardens. 

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be given in memory of Elaine Rutherford to the Friends of Perry Animal Shelter (FOPAS) at 204 Kellwood Drive, Perry, Georgia 31069.

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