January 5, 1925 ~ February 11, 2021

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

Ruby Whitaker Mathews, born January 5, 1925, went to be with her Savior February 11, 2021, after a period of declining health.

She was the wife of the late Wayne Mathews. She was the daughter of the late W.E. Whitaker and Dorcas Dotson Whitaker. Two brothers proceeded her in death, Wesley Whitaker (Leta) and Roland Whitaker (Ruby Lee). She is survived by a sister, Mary Ella Wolfe (Jim, deceased).

Ruby and Wayne had two children, Larry Wayne (Freda) and Lorinda Ruby Bailey (Tom); 4 grandchildren, Shelly (Steve) Morrison, Larry Mathews, II, Drew Mathews and Stephanie (Eddie) Waldrup; 6 great-grandchildren, Lauren (Nate) Woolum, Kyle Morrison, Jackson Mathews, Logan Mathews, Aaron (Kalinda) Waldrup and Rebekah Waldrup; 1 great-great grandchild, Ava Waldrup; and several nieces and nephews which she loved.

Not only did Ruby raise her family, she retired from Kellwood Mfg. with 27 years of service. She attended Oteen Baptist Church until she became too ill to go.

Special thanks to a niece, Charlene Mathews, who not only came to visit her aunt but cared for her while she was here. And to her nephew, Darren Wolfe, who also took time to visit with her and take her for rides when it became difficult for her to get out.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at Green Hills Cemetery, with Pastor Steve Morrison officiating.

For those wishing to pay their respects, Mrs. Mathews will lie in repose from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at Groce Funeral Home, Patton Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WNC Bridge Foundation (Hospice), PO Box 1315, Arden, NC 28704.

Services

For those who wish to pay their respects: February 13, 2021 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Graveside Service: February 14, 2021 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. So very sorry for your loss of this beautiful lady. I know she was such an inspiration to you all and loved so much by my good friend, Charlene. You and your family are in my heart and prayers for GOD’s comfort and peace.

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  2. I worked with Mrs. Ruby at Kellwood for many years we had many great laughs. The family will be in my prayers.
    Mike Randall

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  3. So sad to hear of Ruby’s passing. She was the sweetest lady. Ruth Turner enjoyed working and laughing with her. I Will always remember her sweet smile.
    Phil and Teresa Gaddy

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