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Ruth Bargar Edwards "Nana" passed away Jan. 3, 2013 in Southern Pines, NC.

Ruth was born in Carbondale, PA in 1931 to Frank M. and Johnsie B. Bargar. She grew up in Virginia, and graduated from Fries High School in Fries, VA in 1949. She earned her R.N. from Lewis Gale Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. Ruth was married to James Robert "Bob" Edwards in 1952. They raised their family in Wilmington, NC. Mrs. Edwards worked at New Hanover Memorial Hospital and then for 18 years as office nurse and surgical assistant for Dr. O. R. Hunt. She retired in 1991. After retirement, Ruth and Bob lived in Hampstead, NC, and then Southern Pines, NC. Travel was one of her favorite pastimes and they spent most of these years driving across America and visiting other countries.

Nana was the center of life for her family and friends. She had a deep love for music, which included volunteering to play piano for her children's schools and for St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Wilmington. She had a great sense of humor, a loving personality, and countless friends. Her home was warm and welcoming and she took great joy in conversing with those she loved. After her children were grown, she continued to nurture and guide her eight grandchildren. They considered her their dearest friend. She lived to see the birth of four great grandchildren. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the dedicated family and caregivers for their compassionate care and support in her final days. Ruth is survived by Bob, her husband of 60 years; their children James (and Regina) of Sanford, NC, Carol of Knoxville, TN, and Frank (and Marie) of Greenville, SC; grandchildren Cynthia (and Anthony), Amanda (and Matthew), Kelly, Roxanna, Dianna, Patrick, and Krista; great grandchildren Alyssa, John Bryan, Aubrey Grace, and William; sisters Frances Richardson of VA, Johnsie Moffett of CA, and Nancy Tisko of TX; special cousin Bill Bolt of OR; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Johnsie Bargar, sister Jean, and granddaughter Priscilla Anne.

Graveside Service and Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery in Wilmington, NC. On Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:00.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to Priscilla Anne Edwards Scholarship Endowment c/o N.C. Community Foundation, Suite 524, 4601 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Andrews Market St. Chapel

Online condolences at

Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2013
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