Ruth Rutledge Bailey, 93, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2018, at CarePartners Solace Center.
Born in Asheville, she was one of the twin daughters of Frederick Reeves Rutledge and Ruth DeVille Rutledge (later Gilbert). She attended St. Genevieve of the Pines and Lee H. Edwards High School.
Ruth became a licensed real estate broker in 1968 and worked for four agencies in Asheville, although she spent most of her career as the owner/operator of Ruth Bailey Real Estate. She was a past member of the Asheville Board of Realtors, the North Carolina Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.
Ruth was a life-long member of All Souls Episcopal Church, now the Cathedral of All Souls; a founding member and a past President of the Town and Country Garden Club; a past member of the Biltmore Forest Country Club; and a past President of her cluster association at Crowfields Condominiums. She loved the real estate business; the game of tennis; vacations at Pawleys Island, South Carolina; and national politics.
Survivors include her three sons, Doug (Mary Alice), Tom (Pam) and Derrick (Kari Schrader); four grandchildren: Jen Bailey, Harrison Bailey, Blake Bailey and Ryan Bailey; three step-grandsons: Will Carlson, Clayton Carlson and Matthew Robinson; a great-granddaughter: Aurora Bailey and several nieces and nephews. She was particularly close to her niece Mary Anne Warlick and husband, Paul W. “Kip” Warlick, Jr. and their children Anne-Elizabeth (Itai) and Billy (Amber). She was predeceased by her parents; her twin sister Anne Rutledge Adams (William G. “Bill” Adams); and her brother, Frederick Reeves Rutledge, Jr. (Mary Ellen) of Columbia, South Carolina.
Visitation will be on Monday, August 6, 2018 from 5:00 o’clock p.m. to 7:00 o’clock p.m. at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. A private graveside service will be held at Calvary Churchyard, Fletcher.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Asheville Health Care Center; the Third Floor Medical-Surgical department of Mission Hospital, for its palliative care; and CarePartners Solace Center for its hospice care.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to CarePartners Foundation, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.