Ruth S. Woodburn

Published 3:33 pm Thursday, June 13, 2024

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Ruth S. Woodburn, 97, of Salisbury, born on June 6, 1927, in Hamilton Ontario, Canada, died Thursday, June 6, 2024.

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, June 14 at 1 p.m. st First Baptist Church of Salisbury, followed by a time of visiting and sharing.

Surviving: her daughter, Julie Woodburn Blanton of Red Oak; daughter-in-law, Cheryl M. Woodburn of Oak Island; grandchildren, Jeremy Blanton of Red Oak, Tara Gales (Seth) of Mocksville, Kristen Perry (Andrew) of Nashville, Nathan Woodburn (Amanda) of Raleigh, and Joshua Blanton (Holly) of Nashville; great-grandchildren, Brenden Blanton, Noah Blanton, Easton Perry, Kenzie Gales, Addy Woodburn, Lilly Woodburn, Lena Woodburn, and Beckett Perry; her beloved nephew, David Craig (Carissa) of Ottawa, Ontario; and longtime friend, Janet Manual of Salisbury.

Preceding her in death: her parents, Roy D. Snider and Julia E. “Gertrude’Snider”; beloved husband, Ralph A. Woodburn; son, Mark Woodburn; son-in-law, Mike Blanton; sister, Joan Craig; brother-in-law, Robert Craig; and nephew, Gary Craig.

Ruth left this earth in true Ruth fashion, to celebrate her 97th birthday with our Lord and Savior. Ruth loved Jesus and everyone she talked to felt loved by her. Ruth always encouraged those around her to be the best version of themselves. Her encouragement always seemed to end with a laugh or a smile.

The Blanton family is eternally grateful for the devotion and love shown to Ruth over the years, especially the past year. Ruth’s daughter-in-law, Cheryl Woodburn, and Ruth’s granddaughter, Tara Gales, were always devoted to her and loved her deeply. We cannot thank them enough.

Ruth S. Woodburn will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her spirit of generosity and love will continue to inspire those who knew her. She was a loyal and steadfast believer of our Lord and Savior. She will be deeply missed.