Mary Ruth Riggs Motes, 67, died Thursday, February 9, 2012, at Hospice Care Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Born on June 20, 1944 in Spring City, Tenn., Mary Ruth was the daughter of the late Claude Roscoe and Vesta Tabitha Newby Riggs.  She was a graduate of Spring City High School, Class of 1962.  Mary Ruth was formerly married to Mack Motes.  She moved from Unionville, Tenn. back to Spring City several years ago.   Mary Ruth was the owner of Triple M Manufacturing, which manufactured FDA-approved topical medication for the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.  She was the founding president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Auxiliary and a Tennessee licensed real estate agent.  Mary Ruth was a member of the Spring City Foursquare Church.

Mary Ruth was preceded in death by sisters Dorothy Riggs, Cleo Riggs Janow and Joyce Riggs Lemons and brothers Albert and Hoyt Riggs.

Survivors include her son Mack (Daphne) Motes, Jr. of Shelbyville, daughter Lynda (Benjamin) Motes Hill of Eagleville, Tennessee, granddaughter Mandy Lynn Motes of Shelbyville, grandson Isaac Motes Hill of Eagleville, Tennessee and sisters Margaret Riggs Byerley, Alta Riggs Potter, and Martha Jane Riggs Deggs.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the Thurman Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm EST at Vaughn Funeral Home. Vaughn Funeral Home is located at 150 New Lake Rd. in Spring City, Tenn. Full obituary will be released when it is available.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN  37416.