Ruth Green Atkinson

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RALEIGH - Ruth, age 91, of Raleigh passed away at St. Paul's Villas in San Diego, Calif. on Feb. 21, 2011. She was born Feb. 24, 1919 in Atlanta, Ga., met her husband Richard in Pittsburgh, Pa., and spent most of her adult life in Greenville, Boone and Raleigh, N.C.
"Having come through the Great Depression and a world war, Ruth earned her place as one of Brakes Greatest Generation. She was middle America, always concerned about saving a dollar for a rainy day, quick with her opinions, a great cook and homemaker and resilient to the core. She loved her family, Christmas, the beach and traveling abroad."
Ruth was in charge of the N.C. Governor's Mansion and all it's activities during the Holshouser administration. Later in life she took great joy in caring for all the birds just outside her back patio and reminiscing with family and friends.
Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Richard.
She is survived by her daughter Ann and husband, Kim, of San Diego, Calif.; sons Dickie and wife, Dulce, of Holden Beach, N.C. and Chuck of Homestead, Fla.; and former daughter-in-law Beth of Jupiter, Fla. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in Raleigh, N.C. at the Mitchell Funeral Home adjacent to Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Ward of West Raleigh Presbyterian Church officiating.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Feb. 24, 2011
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