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The Ruark family has 7 children from parents Garrett and Evelyn Ruark. Although they are not a fundamentalist family, they are known for their connection through the Duggar family through their daughter, Michelle Duggar. Currently, there are thirty-one grandchildren, fifty four great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.





Family

  • Garrett Floyd Ruark - December 7, 1924 to June 18, 2010[1]
  • Ethel Marie Hardin - February 19, 1927 to August 11, 1991[2]

Anniversary: April 21, 1943[1]

Children

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Pamela Ethel Peters June 17, 1944 married to Jerry Peters with 4 children
2 Freda Benderman October 4, 1948[3] divorced from Thomas Benderman with 3 children[4]; died on December 4, 2015[5]
3 Evelyn Alice Ruark partnered with Sharon Callahan
4 Kathie Ann Arnold September 19, 1952[6] married to Richard Arnold with 2 children; Kathie died on March 14, 2013[6] and Richard died on August 31, 2020[7]
5 Garrett Floyd Ruark, Jr. June 26, 1954[8] married to Cindy Wiggins with 1 child
6 Carolyn Ann Hutchins November 21, 1961[9] married to John Hutchins with 2 children
7 Michelle Annette Duggar September 13, 1966[10] married to Jim Bob Duggar with 19 children

Pamela's Family

Jerry Peters

Pamela and her husband in November of 2018

Name Date of Birth Notes
Doug Peters married to Theresa Curry with 2 children and 2 grandchildren
Timothy "Tim" Peters married to Beth Drake with 4 children
William "Will" Benjamin Peters married to Angela Wiggins with 4 children and 1 grandchild
Jason Peters married to Kristina Maxey with 6 children[11]

Freda's Family

Thomas A. Benderman - March 18, 1941 - November 28, 2010

Anniversary: 1970[12]

Divorce: 1986[12]

Johnnie and her children in May of 2018

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Johnnie Earley married with 2 children
2 Andre Benderman about 1975
3 Leslie Mountain married to Russell Mountain with at least 2 children

Evelyn's Family

Evelyn in 2013

Sharon Callahan

Anniversary: December 28, 1988[13]

Kathie's Family

Richard "Rick" W. Arnold[14] September 12, 1949 to August 31, 2020[7]

Kathie in 2008

Anniversary: June 5, 1971[6]


Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Richard "Rick" Arnold married to Emily Matthews with 3 children
2 Laberta Dawn Holowiecki married to Stan Holowiecki

Erin's family in 2016

Garrett's Family

Cindy L. Wiggins - born on September 9[15] Anniversary: June 13, 1981[16]

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Erin M. Curington married to Rusty Curington with 3 children[17]

Carolyn and her husband in September of 2012

Carolyn's Family

John Hutchins - born on May 3, 1961[18]

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Jonathan Huston Hutchins June 29, 1991[19] married to Lyndsey Watson with 2 children
2 Rachel N. Wright March 30, 1993[20] married to Michael Wright, has 1 child out of wedlock

Michelle's Family

Michelle's family in November of 2017

James Robert "Jim Bob" Duggar - born on July 18, 1965[10]

Anniversary: July 21, 1984[10]

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Joshua James Duggar March 3, 1988[10] married to Anna Keller with six children
Caleb Ryan Duggar January 23, 1989[21] miscarriage
2 Jana Marie Duggar January 20, 1990[10]
3 John-David Duggar January 20, 1990[10] married to Abbie Burnett with one child
4 Jill Michelle Dillard May 17, 1991[10] married to Derick Dillard with two children
5 Jessa Lauren Seewald November 4, 1992[10] married to Ben Seewald with four children
6 Jinger Nicole Vuolo December 21, 1993[10] married to Jeremy Vuolo with two children
7 Joseph Garrett Duggar January 20, 1995[10] married to Kendra Caldwell with three children
8 Josiah Matthew Duggar August 28, 1996[10] married to Lauren Swanson with one child
9 Joy-Anna Forsyth October 28, 1997[10] married to Austin Forsyth with two children
10 Jedidiah Robert Duggar December 30, 1998[10] Married to Katelyn Nakatsu
11 Jeremiah Robert Duggar December 30, 1998[10]
12 Jason Michael Duggar April 21, 2000[10]
13 James Andrew Duggar July 7, 2001[10]
14 Justin Samuel Duggar November 15, 2002[10] Married to Claire Spivey
15 Jackson Levi Duggar May 23, 2004[10]
16 Johannah Faith Duggar October 11, 2005[10]
17 Jennifer Danielle Duggar August 2, 2007[10]
18 Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar December 18, 2008[10]
19 Josie Brooklyn Duggar December 10, 2009[10]
Jubilee Shalom Duggar December 11, 2011[22] stillborn

Great Grandchildren

As of 2010, there were twenty great-grandchildren. There are at least fifty now, including:

Great-Great Grandchildren

The Ruark family has three known great-great-grandchildren, the great-grandchildren of Pamela; Zadia Alford[23], Sterling Alford[24], and Shiloh Peters[25].

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hamilton/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=143638406&cxtype=feedbot
  2. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/57651824
  3. https://flvoters.com/pages/b105891.html
  4. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pensacolanewsjournal/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-benderman&pid=146853828
  5. https://imgur.com/a/ctApjqV
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/kathie-arnold-obituary?pid=1000000163664853
  7. 7.0 7.1 https://www.charlesyoungfuneralhome.com/obituary/rick-arnold?lud=93704E634BF9772B8654846A5D7FCEAD
  8. https://www.mylife.com/garrett-ruark/e733992942060
  9. http://www.arkansas-voters.com/akvoteld_view.php?editid1=13066
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 10.18 10.19 10.20 10.21 http://www.duggarfamilyblog.com/p/birthdays.html
  11. https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/19984066_10203735858754205_4807294365774759852_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=a48cc2a16284242b367950b2bf226791&oe=5BA162A8
  12. 12.0 12.1 https://www.myheritage.com/names/freda_benderman#col_a_10212
  13. https://imgur.com/a/eAhK1GU
  14. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hamilton/obituary.aspx?pid=163664853
  15. https://www.facebook.com/cindy.wigginsruark/posts/475924622437917
  16. https://www.facebook.com/garrett.ruark.3/about?lst=523436897%3A100007974453875%3A1510587650
  17. https://www.facebook.com/rusty.curington/posts/10212035402704998
  18. http://www.arkansas-voters.com/akvoteld_view.php?editid1=13208
  19. http://www.arkansas-voters.com/akvoteld_view.php?editid1=3477212
  20. http://www.arkansas-voters.com/akvoteld_view.php?editid1=3566416
  21. https://www.geni.com/people/Caleb-Duggar/6000000021645968129
  22. http://www.theblaze.com/news/2011/12/16/duggars-take-heartbreaking-pictures-with-stillborn-baby-girl/
  23. https://imgur.com/a/qh1cufG
  24. https://imgur.com/LU73I8E
  25. https://imgur.com/0xVSzK8
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