Ruth Hensley Decker

ruth decker

May 5, 1937 ~ November 12, 2021

Born in: Madison County, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville- Ruth Hensley Decker, 84, of Asheville, died Friday, November 12, 2021 at her residence.

A native of Madison County, she was a daughter of the late Sidney and Annis Shelton Hensley. Ruth was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Cambridge Decker who died in 2015.

Ruth attended Warren Wilson College and graduated from Mars Hill University. She worked for 27 years with the Buncombe County School System starting as a paraprofessional at Biltmore Elementary School, then became a 2nd grade teacher at Valley Springs Elementary School and Estes Elementary School. She was a member of Westside Christian Church. Ruth’s family would like to say a “special thank you” to CarePartners Hospice for their care and compassion.

She is survived by one son, Bryan Decker (Becky) of Columbia, SC; two daughters, Diana Mead (Robert) of Fletcher and Allison Whitt of Mars Hill; three sisters, Marie Tweed, Dorothy Tipton, and Sandra Hensley-Sprinkle; two brothers, Clayton Hensley and RB Hensley (Betsy); one grandson, Caleb Whitt (Kennedy); three great-grandchildren, Sutton Whitt, Tucker Whitt and Sophia Gibson as well as nine nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Ashelawn Gardens of Memory.

In lieu of flowers, Ruth’s family asks that you please consider making a contribution to the Salvation Army.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: November 17, 2021 2:00 pm

Ashelawn Gardens of Memory
901 Aiken Road
Asheville, NC 28804

(828) 645-6915

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  1. So very sad for the loss of one of the key members of our extended family. My Aunt Ruth has always, ALWAYS, been there for everyone in her life, and she touched so many people over the years. I will miss her dearly.


  3. I got to know Ruth back in the mid 70s when I started attending Westside Christian Church. I remember her as a sweet gentle soul, and even though it’s been decades since I last saw her, every so often her name would pop into my head and I would always take that as a sign to say a prayer for her! My prayers and thoughts will most certainly be with her family! Looking forward to that glad reunion day in Heaven! God bless you all! In Christ’s love, Bruce Robinson

  4. I taught with Ruth. What a special teacher who was amazing with second graders. She will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. Thankful I knew her.

  5. So sorry for your loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you all in this difficult time

  6. Ruth was the most wonderful neighbor I have ever had. I am so heartbroken. She taught Jennifer in second grade. You all will always be part of my family. Love lives forever and I love all of you so much. I will be praying for peace and comfort.

  7. So sorry for your Loss, I know you are really going to miss her. May the God of all comfort, bless you in your time of loss. We love you, even though we have never met you, I am Dot’s sister-in-law!

  8. Bryan, I am sorry for your loss. Offering much love and peace. Many prayers for healing comfort. Lifting you and your family up in our Cove Creek Circle.

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