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Asheville - Ruth Huskins Andrews, May 13, 1916 - December 28, 2012, wife of the late Robert (Bob) F. Andrews, Jr., passed away Friday at Givens Estates in Arden, NC. A native of Yancey County, Mrs. Andrews lived in Brevard, NC for 50 years and then moved with Bob to Givens Estates in 1996 and remained there after his death in 1999.
Mrs. Andrews was a graduate of Appalachian State University where she earned degrees in mathematics and physical education. She was a star for the women's basketball team all four years of her college career.
Ruth spent her professional career in the classroom where she taught mathematics and physical education. She served as sponsor of many school activities, including cheerleaders and the Booster's Club, and coached the girls' basketball team. She often had students in her classroom after school hours and sponsored post game get-togethers at her home. Mrs. Andrews was a member of NEA, NCEA, NCTM and NCCTM where she served as regional representative for a number of years. During her 30-year tenure at Brevard High School she led numerous award winning mathematics teams. Upon her retirement in 1979, she was named the "First Lady of Mathematics" in Western North Carolina after having seven successive first place teams. Even after her retirement she spent many hours tutoring and counseling mathematics students. She remained a lifelong learner and enjoyed sports, traveling, entertaining, playing bridge and sewing.
Mrs. Andrews was an active member of the Brevard Methodist Church transferring her membership to Skyland Methodist Church after her husband's death.
Mrs. Andrews is survived by her son, Robert (Chip) F. Andrews, III (Lyn), daughter Jacqueline (Jacquie) Andrews Allison (Jerry), grandchildren Robert F. (Frank) Andrews, IV (Stacia), Mary Dee Andrews Smith (Mike), Joseph (Jay) H. Allison (Stefani), David F. Allison, and great grandchildren Robert F. (Jackson) Andrews, V, Augustine (Gus) Andrews, Cameron Smith, Madison Smith, Redmond Smith, Naomi Allison, and Oscar Allison, numerous nieces and nephews including Betty Jo Readling (Tom) and Cornelia Garbee (Wes) and their extended families, and family friend Rebecca (Becki) Roy Benfield (Roger).
Ruth's life will be celebrated at a graveside service at Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory in Pisgah Forest, NC (outside of Brevard, NC) at 11:00 AM on January 2, 2013. Arrangements are by Groce Funeral Home Lake Julian, Arden, NC.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of Ruth may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 581County Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or Givens Estates Residents Assistance Fund, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803.
An online memorial register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 30, 2012