Ruth Ballew Penley passed away Monday, November 6, 2017, at CarePartners Solace Center.
Born in Buncombe County, Mrs. Penley was a daughter of the late Berlin and Mildred Pansy Williams Ballew, and she was married to Rex James Penley, Sr., who died in 2007. She was a former charge nurse at Highland Hospital and later retired from B.A.S.F.
Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn Parker; a son, Rex J. "Jimmy" Penley, Jr. and wife Debbie; granddaughter, Shannon Austin; two great-granddaughters, Ava and Eden Austin; three sisters, Shirley Scott, Annette Penland and Patricia Allison; and two brothers, Anthony and David Ballew. She was preceded in death by brothers Richard, Mack and Everett Ballew.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with Pastor Randy Stone officiating. Burial will follow at Pisgah View Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.