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Friends and family say Ruth Ann Bishop was always ready to lend a hand.
And on Tuesday, autopsy reports were released, and officials ruled her death as accidental in Saturday nightâs house fire.
Personal friend, Dorothy Bishop, said âRuthieâ was always willing to help people in the community. Bishop said she was active in her church and was a âgo-toâ person when it came to driving elderly friends to the store or the doctorâs office.
Friends have said Bishop was also involved politically, helping to drive people to the polls to vote at each election.
âShe was a good person,â Bishop said. âEverybody loved her.â
On Tuesday, Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt announced that Bishopâs death was accidental. She died of smoke inhalation with thermal burns, the coroner said.
The fire investigation is being handled by the State Fire Marshalâs office, which is customary in a death case, Oktibbeha County Fire Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said Tuesday, adding a report will be forthcoming in several weeks.
The case is still under investigation and no further details can be released at this time, Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Ricky Davis said Tuesday.
Editorâs note: Please see a column on Page A4 in todayâs edition by News Editor Paul Sims about the newspaperâs earlier story on this incident.