Ruth Ann Trammel peacefully departed to be with the Lord 1/17/14 after a 17 month battle with ovarian cancer. "Ruthie" was the devoted wife of Harold W. Trammel, Sr. and loving "Mom" to Rebecca, Harold II and Josh Trammel. Also forever blessed by her love are her daughter-in-laws, Annette and Rachel who remain to carry on her legacy with her grandchildren Abigail (9 yrs.), Joella (18 mos.), Judah (9 mos.) and Tyson (4 mos.). Ruthie is survived by her mother Carmen M. Greene and stepfather, Robert M. Greene and brother, James Cintron of New York. Ruthie was born in NYC where she grew to love the hustle of the city and had a deep appreciation for the fabulous food and cultural diversity. She went on to meet Harold Trammel of Texas at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, PA. It was at Swarthmore that she began to search for God, acceptance and significance and forever placed her faith in Jesus Christ. Ruth and Harold's love matured to create a beautiful tapestry of ethnicity and a permanent 3 chord strand was formed (Eccl. 12:4). They tied the knot October 12, 1974 and the vows they made that day were truly, "to death do them part." Ruthie will always be remembered for her life of love and service to her community. She was always ready to make a feast out of any family occasion and put out a spread for church members, co-workers and the homeless. After getting her children off to a great start, she went back to school herself to earn her degree in Psychology at UNCW. She went to work as a substance abuse counselor at Coastal Horizons. This would prove to be less of a career and more of a calling as Ruthie served those who struggled with substance abuse and mental health challenges for 21 years. Ruthie proudly received her Master's degree in Social Work from UNCW in 2005 and became a Licensed Clinical Social worker. She served as Coastal Horizon's Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program Supervisor up until the very end mentoring young professionals in the field and serving the clients she loved. A celebration of her life will be held 2/1/14 at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church at 1pm. A small reception will be held with the family immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to "Ruthie Trammel's Champions for Compassion", a memorial fund created to continue her life work of helping people overcome addictions to substance abuse. Ruth Trammel will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Jan. 22 to Feb. 14, 2014