Ruby Harvey Blankenship(1921 - 2013)

Ruby Harvey


Asheville - Ruby Harvey Blankenship, 92, entered into her eternal home Monday, April 22, 2013, from her residence.

A native of Buncombe Co., she was one of six children born to Harry and Bessie Harvey, who preceded her in death. She was the last surviving member of her family, which included three sisters, Myrtle LaTour, Ruth Edmonds (twin sister), June Russell, and two brothers Harry Jr. and Charles Harvey.

"Miss Ruby", as she was lovingly known to many, was a long time member of Bent Creek Baptist Church, where she cared for many of the children who stayed in the church nursery until she was no longer able to do so. She loved her church, church family, and their children.

She did work outside the home; her last employment being at the Flat Iron Building operating one of the last manually run elevators in Asheville.

Ruby is survived by her four children, Gloria Warren, Howard Jr., Judy Tweed, and Freida Blankenship; four grandchildren Joelle Warren, Sammie Tweed, Chris and Todd Shotwell; four great-grandchildren Chase and Hannah Sample and Kayden and Kason Shotwell; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tommy Bridges officiating. Interment will follow at Pisgah View Memorial Park.

Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the servivce.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Brother Wolfe Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, PO Box 8195, 31 Glendale Ave., Asheville, NC 28803.

The online register is available at


Funeral Home

Groce Funeral Home
1401 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 252-3535

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Apr. 24, 2013