CHARLOTTE - Ruth Rankin Bjerke, 85, died Friday, July 6, 2012, at her residence.
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Mrs. Bjerke was born Jan. 31, 1927 in Dallas and was the daughter of the late James L. and Curlie Rhyne Rankin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alvin J. Bjerke.
A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1225 E. Morehead St., in Charlotte. The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 p.m. at the church.
Mrs. Bjerke is survived by her daughters, Judy Wilson of Charlotte, Bobbie Brown (Rick) of Dallas and Katie Dyess (Bryant) of Monroe; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Ascension Lutheran Church, 1225 E. Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28204 or to All Saints Lutheran Church, 17030 Lancaster Highway, Charlotte, NC 28277.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.goodshepherdfuneralhome.net.
Good Shepherd Funeral Home, Indian Trail is serving the family of Mrs. Bjerke.
Published in Gaston Gazette from July 8 to July 9, 2012