Ruth Anne Crenshaw

February 17, 2021

CHARLOTTE – Ruth Anne Crenshaw of Charlotte, NC, passed away on Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021, from respiratory illness.  She was born in Atlanta, GA, on June 17, 1964, to the late Robert Walden Crenshaw, Jr., and Mary Frances Crenshaw.  Ruth Anne lived there until 2018, when she moved to Charlotte.

Being on the autism spectrum, Ruth Anne had many unique qualities, and she charmed everyone who met her.  Among her favorite activities were arts and crafts, listening to music of all kinds, and watching her favorite TV shows—with courtroom shows and Wonder Woman at the top of her list.  Ruth Anne relished good food; at restaurants, the rest of the family would wait to see what Ruth Anne ordered because she invariably picked the best thing on the menu.  She was a devout Christian and enjoyed attending church.  Ruth Anne's loving spirit and her sweet, individual ways endeared her to those who engaged her in conversation.  In her last hospitalization, the nurses all declared that Ruth Anne was their favorite patient.

Ruth Anne is survived by her four sisters: Emily Crenshaw Perkins, Kathleen Crenshaw, Dorothy Crenshaw (Larry Bennett), and Tina Crenshaw; and five nieces and nephews, along with their spouses and children. She will be terribly missed by all.

Ruth Anne will be laid to rest in Atlanta, next to her parents and grandparents.

In Charlotte, Ruth Anne was assisted by magnificent caregivers from Aroga Home Healthcare. Her family is so grateful for what these ladies gave Ruth Anne and especially the love and faith of those caring for her during her final hospitalization.  Thanks also go to the physicians at Atrium Pulmonary Care and the staff at Atrium Health Pineville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 ( or the Autism Society of America, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 305, Rockville, MD 20852 (

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • William W Perkins

    Ruth Anne was truly a sweet and gentle soul who always brought a smile to our faces...We shall miss and long remember her...Bill and Ida Perkins

  • Donna Ostergren

    Ruth Anne was a beautiful soul, she always made me smile! She will be truly missed!

  • Doris Aldrich

    Kate. We are so very sorry for the loss of your dear sister. Our prayers are with the family.
    Doris and Women to the World Staff

  • Debbie Lewis

    Loving, caring, loyal and virtuous....lent to us for too short of time...that was my friend, Ruth Anne 'Ruthie' Crenshaw. Ruthie, Heaven must have been so happy to welcome a real Super Hero! Please watch over us...until we meet again...❤❤❤

  • Scott Hansen

    I was so sad to hear of Ruthie's passing. I have considered Ruthie part of my family for over 50 years. She was such a sweet girl. She always seemed so happy to see me and at Christmas when I gave her a present she would say with a big smile, "oh Scott, thank you sooo much! I love it, I love it". She knew how to make others feel good. Ruthie will always be thought of warmly in my memories.

  • Brittany London

    Ruth Anne was one of my best friends. I could not wait to see her on Wednesdays so we could play our favorite games, sing our favorite songs and watch her favorite television shows. I love her and I will forever miss her sweet face!?❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Mary O'Connor

    This is a beautiful tribute to your sister Ruth Anne. The words speak of your love & admiration of her. You will miss her for a time but it will be a glorious Reunion one day! My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during these difficult days. Thank you for sharing with us. Love, Mary

  • Jean McCree

    To know Ruth Anne was to LOVE her, I am honored to say I was one of her Caretakers a few years ago. I am a much better person after I became attached to her pure love & innocent spirit. I wish the world had more people like her!!! Her favorite saying was Emily, you & Tina are the GREATEST!!!! And we all would laugh...... Ruth Anne YOU WERE THE GREATEST!!!!! You will never be forgotten... RIP