Ruth A. Ownbey

ruth ownbey
Mary Ruth Alexander Ownbey, 89, formerly of Wanoca Avenue, Asheville, died Monday, March 6, 2000, in a local nursing center.

Mrs. Ownbey was born in Cleveland, GA, and was a daughter of the late Robert Asbury and Lillie Ida Holcombe Alexander. She was married to Frank Alexander Ownbey who died in 1985.

She worked for Sayles Biltmore Bleacheries for 22 years and as a clerk for Ice Service Stores for 20 years. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

Surviving are two sons, Curtis Ownbey and Nathan Ownbey of Asheville; a sister, Naomi Foster of Cleveland, GA; a brother, Robert Lee Alexander of Weatherford, TX; five grandchildren, Tim, Steve, Jim, and Cindi Ownbey and Shirley Stapleton; and six great-grandchildren, Brian, Stephanie, Alex, Kaitlyn, Thom and Marcie Ownbey.

Funeral services will be 4:00 pm Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with The Revs. Hugh C. Edsall and Alexander Hanks officiating. Burial will be at Pisgah View Memorial Park.

Her family will receive friends from 7 - 8:30 pm Tuesday at the funeral home and request that memorials be made to the Church of the Redeemer, 1201 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28804.

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