April 8, 1922 ~ March 7, 2012

Born in: Chicago, IL,
Resided in: Arden, NC

Ruth Hazel Howard Sprung, 89, died on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Ruth, who was born in Chicago, IL on April 8, 1922, to the late Frederick and Edna Falkenberg Howard, was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert Sprung, who died in 1975; her sister, Grace Harms; and her brother, Tom May. Ruth was a graduate of Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia. Her occupations included judo instructor, field advisor for the Pisgah Girl Scout Council, Cherokee County Tax Assessor and Accountant, and sole proprietor of Corner Classics in Murphy. Ruth enjoyed many interests including volunteering with the League of Women Voters, the Asheville Orthopedic Hospital, the Brasstown Community Theatre, and the Asheville Garden Club. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening and playing bridge. She had been a past member of West Asheville Presbyterian Church and Murphy Presbyterian Church. Ruth is survived by her children: Elizabeth Wiggers, of Alexandria, VA, Suzanne Anthony and husband Phillip, of High Point, NC, Naomi King, of Weaverville, Laura Sprung and partner Brad Sayler, of Crozet, VA, Aggie Sprung and husband Paul Sloan, of Columbus, NC, and Jimmy Sprung and wife Vickie, of Mills River; brother, Fred Howard, of Ann Arbor, MI; nine grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Girl Scouts Carolina's Peak to Piedmont Council, 64 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC 28804.

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  1. I count myself as truly blessed to have had Ruth Sprung in my life. I could not have asked for a more fun and spirited grandmother-in-law. She will be missed and remembered often.

  2. Jimmy, My prayers are with you and your family. I hope that the memories of your mom bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  3. Jimmy and Vickie, Jennifer and I send you our condolences during this difficult time. We will be praying for you and your family.

    Lee Bishop

  4. Jimmy, I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. Please let us know if you need anything. Your family is in our prayers. God Bless.

  5. Jimmy and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a mother is so hard. I know you will miss her terribly. My thoughts are with you.

  6. Jimmy and family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Mike, Melissa and Jason

  7. Pastor Naomi and Family-
    We are truly sorry for your loss. Please know that our prayers are consistently with you.

  8. Pastor Naomi & Family,
    We share with you in the grief of your losing your Mom, but also rejoice in the knowledge that she is in Jesus’ arms. May Holy Spirit comfort you in the days ahead. With our love, Nancy & Steve Murray

  9. Jimmy and Family; I am very sorry for the Loss of your Mother We will Keep Ruth and your Family in our PRAYERS. If there is anything I can to do to help Please let me know.

  10. Sorry for your loss! I work with Jimmy and know how much she willbe missed. We will have you guys in our thoughts and prayers!!!–Steve, Tina, and Heidi Kelley

  11. Laura –
    Thinking of you in this sad and difficult time and hoping the time together with family and friends will multiply wonderful memories and divide the grief.
    With a big hjerteknuser hug,

  12. Laurie,
    I remember your Mother so well and especially as our Troop Leader. i have pleasant memories of those times largely due to your friendship and your Mother’s leadershp. Best to you and all your siblings. Marsha H. Moore

  13. Aggie,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. She and I became friends working with the Theater Group my senior year of HS. She also gave me a job that same year at Corner Classics. She had my dress altered and gave me my gloves for Prom. We had sandwiches everyday on the best rolls and watched the soaps. It is hard to believe I was so afraid of her as a small child. LOL. She will be missed.

  14. Naomi and family,
    Our family is so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a great person and so much fun. My mother really enjoyed working with her at Corner Classics. They had some fun times. Please know that all of you are in our prayers. Love to all.

  15. Just saw the obituary in Thursday’s Asheville paper. To Laura and other of Ruth’s children – your mother was one spunky lady. I admired her so much years ago and even more so as I grow older. She was not afraid to take on a new project, support the causes that she believed in and do so with grace and courage. What a legacy!

    Terelle Puett Harr

  16. Betty and Suzie,

    Murphy High School, 1962, was some time ago but I did want to acknowlege your Mother’s passing and send my condolences.


  17. It was a great pleasure to know Ruth. I will especially remember a Christmas my 5 year old daughter and I spent at the house on Dillard Street and the times I would visit my Mom (Beverly Mayhew) at Corner Classics. My Deepest Sympathies.

  18. My love and prayers go out to Ruthies family. She will always be Ruthie to me. I worked for her for several years at Corner Classics until she retired. We had the best times dressing those windows for holidays and she always welcomed my grandaughter Amanda when she would come to the store to dance with our beautifully dressed brides and flower girls. I will miss her always

    Beverly Mayhew

  19. Naomi,
    I just read in the Scout where your mother had passed away. I am so sorry about your loss. You are and will always be one of my favorite people.


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