July 21, 1921 ~ December 11, 2010

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

RUBY C. BAILEY ASHEVILLE – Ruby Grace Carland Bailey, 89, of 35 Wildwood Acres Road, died Saturday, December 11, 2010 . Mrs. Bailey was born in Buncombe County and was the daughter of the late Thomas Melvin Carland and Georgia Alexander Carland. She was married to Raymond E. Bailey, Sr., who died in 1983. She was preceded in death by her brothers Stanley Carland and Tom Carland. She is survived by a daughter, Linda Ross and her husband John of Bolivia, NC; two sons, Rev. Raymond E. Bailey, Jr., and wife Carole of Asheville; Jeff Bailey and wife Sherry of Knoxville, TN; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her family, she enjoyed the friendship of two special friends Alma Cagle and Cathy Evers, her constant companion & her loyal pet was a black and white tuxedo cat named "Baby". Ruby was an avid flea marketeer and jewelry maker. Her career included working for Winn Dixie and also as a Loss Prevention Manager at several local retail stores. She was a lifelong member of West Asheville Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Patton Avenue Chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with her son, the Rev. Raymond. E. Bailey, Jr., officiating. Interment will follow in the Green Hills Cemetery. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Flowers are acceptable and appreciated. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, John F. Keever Solace Center, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC

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  1. Dear Ray and Carole, I am so very sorry about the death of your dear mother. My love,thoughts, and prayers are with you. May God comfort you and the family. God bless all of you. Love, Rosa Brigman

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  2. We were very sad to hear about Mrs. Bailey’s passing. She was a good neighbor and left a big void in Wildwood Acres. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  3. May thoughts of all your mother meant -Of love she gave, of good times spent -Bring you peace
    and comfort, too, And keep your mother close to you. Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we know will always carry on. Our greatest sympathy. I have fought the fine fight, I have run the course to the finish, I have observed the faith.-2Timothy 4:7. As for me, I will lie down that I may sleep; I shall certainly awake, for Jehovah himself keeps supporting me. -Psalms 3:5

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  4. Bailey’, I was at your home so much that your mom was like a second mom to me. One thing I remember most was her love of animals, since that is so close to my heart. She was able to tame a crow…forgot his name.. but I loved to see him come when she called him. I hope the memories you have will get you through this difficult time. I love you, and I love your mom! I know she is looking down on us right now. Marsha

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  5. To The Baileys
    What a sweet Mother you have we meet at the old Candler flea market in 1997 my son Jeffrey was 17yrs old.And Ms.Ruby had this yellow jeep that he thought he just could not live without.So ever weekend he would say sell me your jeep.She said son this was my husband and he he passed away.She told all about the Winn Dixie Then she said let me talk it over with my son and I’ll call you.So she did and to this day my son calls that jeep Ms. Ruby and he is going to restore it for his little Josie.My she rest in the arms of angles for she truly was one here on earth
    THE TAYLORS

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  6. Dear Jeff

    I am so sorry for your loss of your mother. I had never met her in person but from all the great stories you shared, I felt I knew her. My favorite was the adventures of her pet crow. Your family is my thoughts and prayers.

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  7. Dear Ray and Carole,

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you feel the presence and comfort of God at this time.

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  8. Our heartfelt sympathy to your entire family during this time. Ray, we also lift you up in prayer for continued healing.

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  9. Linda, Ray and Jeff,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. It was a pleasure to meet her and to be able help with her in her final days. She had a beautiful smile and seemed to have had a wonderful life full of friends and family that cared for her as much as she cared about them. I am sure she will be missed but has gone on to a better place. She is now at peace and suffering no longer. May God bless your entire family in this time of sorrow. Our thought and prayers are with you.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Lucille Crossman

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  10. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Ms. Ruby was a special resident at Crescent View and I feel fortunate to have known her. God Bless!

    Mary Craig

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  11. Ray and Family,
    Sorry we were not able to come to the service today.
    We had obligatons to people working on Freds house with the sell of it.
    We’ll keep you in our prayers and hope your health continues to improve.

    God Bless, Hrlon & Carolyn Hensley

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  12. Dear Ray, Linda, and Jeff,

    My prayers are with you and your families during this time. Aunt Ruby was a very special person. She always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. Her love of children, nature, and animals is what I remember most about her. People like her make the world a better place. I’m sorry that we were unable to be at the service. Please know that I think of you all often, and have many precious memories of our childhood together and fun holidays at Granny Bailey’s house. The Bailey family may be growing smaller here on earth, but we can surely trust God’s promise for a grand reunion someday. My love to you all,

    Sharon McPeters Owens
    Sam Owens

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  13. Mary and I delivered Meals on Wheels to Mrs. Bailey on Wednesdays. We missed her when she moved to Crescent View and are so sorry to learn of her death. She often spoke with great pride of her late husband, her children and her grandchildren. We will remember her each week as we pass Wildwood Acres.

    Mary Hornowski and Debbie Miller

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  14. To all those who have shared your condolences and memories of our Mother,Ruby Carland Bailey, please accept my deepest gratitude for your sympathy and prayers for the Bailey family. Like her name, Ruby, Mother was a jewel in our family, the one who made Asheville our home ,no matter where my sister, Linda, my brother Jeff or I lived. She will be missed but we sorrow not as those who are without hope,knowing that she is free from the bondage of this world and with King Jesus in God’s Heavenly Kingdom. You may remember that her middle name was Grace, which always makes me pause to reflect on the acronymn ‘God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.’ Mother received the Grace of God when she trusted His Son for the Salvation He provided when He died on the cross for our sins and gives all who believe the Gift of Everlasting Life! May each of you find that same GRACE as your passport to Heaven.

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