Ruth Abigail (Abby) Remington, of Virginia Beach, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013, at 90 years of age. She is survived by two sons, Richard Remington and wife, Catherine, of Davie, Fla., and Randall Remington, of Roanoke; a daughter-in-law, Betty Remington, of Roanoke; and a daughter, Russell Ann Remington, of Corpus Christie, Texas. She leaves six grandchildren, Robert Remington and wife, Susanne, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., Lauren Rigler and husband, Taylor, of Dallas, Texas, Stacye Seay and husband, Whit, of Hayes, Va., Cody Remington, of Roanoke, and Jennifer and Reed Crofoot, of Corpus Christie, Texas. Abby also leaves a brother-in-law, David Remington and wife, Alberta, of Jamestown, N.Y.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Robert G. Remington; son, Reed A. Remington; sisters, Jettie, Hallie and Bonnie; brothers, Tommie, Woodie, and Jessie; and her parents, Martin and Mary Kellam.
Abby was a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Nursing and was a Registered Nurse for over 20 years. She was a member of Star of the Sea Catholic Church and of the Bay Colony Garden Club. She was also a talented bridge player and always knew how to make people laugh.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad or Good Samaritans Hospice in Roanoke.
The family is planning a memorial service for this Spring.
The following poem was written by Abby at age 11.
Death, that cold sullen stream flowing out of utter darkness
saddening my world of light
Racing as if to submerge me in its waters of the deep.
Death, how can it be that we never know our own passing
from this world of song and laughter
to that bleak beyond where we are destined to meet with fate.
Death, stalking forward with its cold clammy hand thrust out
of its dismal cloak. It's bony beckoning finger begging me,
entreating me to enter that world of oblivion.
Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, www.Oakeys.com.
Published in Roanoke Times on Feb. 3, 2013