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GAFFNEY, SC-- Ruth Hambright DeStaffno, 96, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.
Born in Blacksburg, she was the widow of C. Howard DeStaffno after 59 years of marriage and the daughter of the late James Albright Hambright and Ora Peeler Hambright. She was a graduate of Blacksburg High School and first worked as an LPN and later graduated from Gardner Webb College as a RN. She retired from Upstate Carolina Hospital with 34 years of service. Mrs. DeStaffno was one of the oldest members of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, where she was also a member of the Amazing Grace Singers. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Young at Heart at First Baptist Church.
Surviving is a son, James H. DeStaffno of Gaffney; a daughter, Sybil D. Kirby of Gaffney; sister, Irene H. Gold of Blacksburg; eight grandchildren, James Brandon DeStaffno, Tiffany D. Robertson and husband, Joey, Kim A. Harris and husband, Donnie, Carol A. Cooper and husband, Rodney, Charles T. Mace II and wife, Stephenie, Christopher H. Mace, Gregory B. Kirby and wife, Beth and Jeffery E. Kirby and wife, Renee; six great-grandchildren, Marc Harris and wife, Bridget, Matt Harris, Bradlee Cooper, Ciara Mace, Luke Robertson and Brody Robertson. Mrs. DeStaffno was preceded in death by a daughter, Dale D. Hefner; four sisters, Artie H. Owens, Ruby H. Manning, Beatrice Hambright and Pearl H. Hughey; four brothers, Aaron D. Hambright, Davis Hambright, James Kyrk Hambright and George Hambright.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Blakely Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in the Blakely Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Clyde Thomas and Rev. Stuart A. Kersey officiating. Interment will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to: Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, P.O. 1449, Gaffney, SC, 29342 or to the Lottie Moon Offering in care of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
The family will be at the home of her daughter, 1511 W. Rutledge Avenue.
An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhome.com.
Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC
Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory - Gaffney
1047 Chesnee Highway P.O. Box 850 Gaffney, SC 29341
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from July 14 to July 15, 2014