Ruby Kathryn Hayes Townsend, 92, member of First Baptist Church of Leland

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Ruby Townsend
Ruby Townsend

LELAND – On Sept. 6, 2016, the world lost one strong and feisty little lady whom her family and friends loved.

Ruby Kathryn Hayes Townsend was born in Lumberton, North Carolina, on Aug. 27, 1924. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Steven (Steve) Townsend, and a grandson Eugene (Little Gene) Gaskins.

She is survived by her three children, Larry (Sharon)Townsend, Gene (Glenda) Townsend, and Shyrell (Jack) Gaskins. She is also survived by a host of grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Miss Ruby loved her God, her family, and nature. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Leland for 60 years where she enjoyed singing in the choir, until she was unable to attend. She enjoyed outings with her family, and would always point out the beautiful creations God has given us all to enjoy.

The family would like to thank the staff of Ocean Trail Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center for their care of Miss Ruby. She loved Bible study and worship, activities, and visiting the other patients. She was rarely in her room.

A graveside service was held  Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, with Dr. Barbara Bell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Ocean Trail Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 10249, Southport, N.C. 28461, in C/O The Activities Department.