Ruby Williams Waddell passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013, at the WNC Baptist Home. Ruby was born in Guilford Co., NC, on June 26, 1918. She moved to Asheville with her family in 1951 from Raleigh, NC. Ruby was a homemaker and worked part time at St. Joseph Hospital and at Ivey's Department Store as she reared her family. Ruby enjoyed the Senior Games for many years, winning gold medals and many ribbons in Raleigh. She spent many hours volunteering in her retirement years. After moving to the Baptist Home from Ardenwoods in 2007, she was cared for by the caring staff at Baptist Home. Mrs. Waddell was a member of Westwood Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Maggie and Will Williams; sisters, Annie Wyrick, Nell Williams, Helen Sheppard, and Mary Catherine Isley; and brothers, Dan, Bill, John, Clyde, and Fred Williams. She is survived by her five children: daughter, Elizabeth Hill and husband Larry; sons, Foster James Waddell and wife Roberta, Charles Herbert Waddell, William Nelson "Bill" Waddell and wife Mary Dot, and Kenneth Ray Waddell; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service for Mrs. Waddell will be held at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro, NC, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday with the Rev. Chris Hardy officiating. Memorials may be made to WNC Baptist Home, 215 Richmond Hill Dr., Asheville, NC 28806, or to Eblen Charities, 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, NC 28806 Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is in charge of the arrangements.

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  1. Liz and family, we are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She always had a smile on her face during my time at the Baptist Home. Heaven is a little sweeter now. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time.

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  2. my sincere condolence to all the family.children are reflections of their parents..therefore Mrs Waddell must have been a saint..all her kids were just like her..especially ‘willy’
    AM so sure she is in heaven with other saintly mothers and grandmothers

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  3. Ruby always brought a smile to us and all who met or knew her. I will always treasure becoming part of her family. Her cheerful smile and laugh was contagious. I know she will keep the angels in stitches. It has been a blessing to share a little time with her. She will always be missed but she is at Home now with God. Love, Fred and Debbie

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  4. So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I know how hard it is to lose a loving mother. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.

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  5. Mommaw,

    We miss you so much already. Heaven gained a beautiful angel on Friday. You will be in our hearts forever.
    Beth, Allie, David, and Steven Hill

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  6. Dear Liz and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. You will be in our prayers.

    Love, Raymond and Joyce

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  7. Aunt Ruby was my favorite. Back in the late sixties I was hitch-hiking my way from California. She put me up for the night and drove me to the bus station to catch the bus for Greensboro the next morning. She often told me that she missed her sister Helen…my mother. I will miss visiting Aunt Ruby.

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  8. Dear Family,
    Kathy and I were saddened to hear of Mrs. Ruby’s death. She was a precious lady whom we greatly enjoyed knowing in our days of ministry at Westwood Baptist Church. May the Lord bless you all with His comfort and peace as you mourn her death but also celebrate the life she lived on earth and the life she now enjoys in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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  9. Ruby was beautiful and special as her name implied…a jewel! She loved life and I am so thankful and blessed for her presence in my life, my heart overflows. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones. God Bless all of you, always!

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  10. Bill and Mary Dot,
    Your mother certainly lived a long, good life and is now with her Heavenly Father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Allene

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