Hall of Famer Mary “Sam” Rutledge Passes Away

Mary Madeline (Sam) Barksdale Rutledge, of Roanoke, Va., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 29, 2010, at home surrounded by her loving family. Nothing made her happier than to have a house full of children of all ages coming and going. She loved the out of doors, whether it be planting a garden, planting flowers or just neatening up nature. She had a passion for bowling and was inducted to the Roanoke Bowling Hall of Fame in 1992. She was one of the premier lady bowlers in the Roanoke Valley during the 1970’s and 1980’s. She remained active, bowling in two leagues until just before her passing. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at Fairview Cemetery, 3300 Melrose Ave., Roanoke. Son, Bill Rutledge will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at Oakey’s North Chapel, 540-362-1237. Memorials in her memory may be made to Ryan Shelor Fund, P.O. Box 1145, Salem, Va. 24153.


Posted on June 1, 2010, in Bowling News, GRAUSBC and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks Laurie for posting this obit. Sam was on my team on Thursday Mornings at Lee-Hi. She dearly loved bowling, and I think when she was unable to bowl, she lost her life’s interest. I remember back when Viking Lanes was first opened in the very early 1960’s, Marion Ladewig (a nationally known lady bowler, and Brunswick Rep) was an invited guest, and Sam was chosen as the local woman bowler to bowl an exibition match with Marion. Incidentally, Marion Ladewig passed away just recently, at the age of 95!!

    Again, thanks for all you do for GRAUSBC..

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