May 13, 1917 ~ March 6, 2000

Born in: Asheville, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Ruth Elizabeth Hayes Garner, of 385 Kimberly Avenue, Asheville, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

A native of Asheville, she was the daughter of the late Max A. and Dixie Lee McKinney Hayes. She was active in civic clubs and volunteer work. She was a charter member of the Junior Women’s civic club, past president of the American Business Club Auxiliary, active with the Cub Scouts, past member of UNC Med. Parents Club - Chapel Hill, member of Jaycette Club, active in Country Day School and the Asheville School affairs, St. Joseph Hospital Guild volunteer and member of the COuntry Club of Asheville.

She was a graduate of Lee Edwards High School, a graduate of Sullins Junior College in Bristol, VA, where she was active in the Riding Club, and graduate of Greensboro College with an Art degree specializing in commercial art and was art editor for the school paper.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, O.L. “Pete” Garner; three sons and their families, Dick and Peggy Garner, their son Hayes of Myrtle Beach, SC, and their daughter Lisa and her husband Will Copeland of Apex; Gary and Jan Garner and their sons Chris and Lovell and their daughter Elizabeth and her husband Chris Johnson of Fairview; great-grandson Westin Hayes Johnson of Charlotte; and Bob and Sue Garner and their sons Bryan and Jonathan of Colorado Springs, CO.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Thursday at First Baptist Church in Asheville with the Rev. Dr. Mark Crumpler and the Rev. Gail Coulter officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Her family will receive friends from 7 - 8:30 pm Thursday at the funeral home and request that memorials be made to ones favorite charity.

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  1. My grandmother was a beautiful lady inside and out. She loved beauty, life, and most of all, her family. Our family has suffered a tremendous loss…’Gago’ will be missed by ALL of us. May she rest in peace and her legacy live on forever and ever! I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU GAGO! As you said to me the last night we went to sleep together in the hospital, ‘A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck’…sleep well…
    All My Love and Gratitude Always,
    Your Loving Granddaughter,
    Lisa
    Your ‘Rosebud’

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