WOLFE, Ruby Evelena, 93, of Sebring, Fla., went to be with the Lord on Easter
Sunday, April 24, 2011. She passed away
at home, sur-rounded by love, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ruby was born in Prosperity, W.Va., March 19, 1918, to Denver and Lena Mae Arnold. She and five siblings were raised in a rural, farming area. Her father worked in the mines. From an early age, she was an avid reader and wordsmith. She graduated high school just after her 16th birthday. She always regretted that she was financially unable to attend college and pursued her education through books throughout her life. Ruby met and married Warren Hobert (Hoby) Wolfe of Charleston, W.Va., in 1938. They had 62 wonderfully happy years of marriage before Hoby's death in 2000. They moved to Lake Placid, Fla., in the early 1980s, where they joined the Placid Lakes Country Club. In 1991, they moved to Sun 'N Lakes in Sebring, Fla., and joined the Sun 'N Lakes Golf Club. Ruby played golf until she was 92 and is probably one of the few people who ever received and used, a new set of golf clubs for her 90th birthday. Ruby was a committed Christian and a faithful member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. She loved the Lord, her family, her church family, her many friends, including her "golfing girls." She enjoyed golf, Disney, baseball, bridge, reading and puzzles. Ruby was deeply grateful for the blessings of her life and was often heard to say, "I live in a state of thanksgiving." In September of 2010, Ruby's great-grandson, Tyler Andonian, and his wife Kristen, presented her with her great-great grandson, Owen Matthew, to complete five generations. Ruby is survived by her only child, Judith Mae (Judy) Distin; and her son-in-law, Donald Distin of Sebring. She had three grand-daughters, Linda Young (Kevin) of Lutz, Fla., Laura White (Richard) of Westport, Conn., and Lisa Pease of Tampa. She had five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grand-child. She is survived by her sister, Doris Carlile of Madison, Ala. Arrangements are being handled by Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home. A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, with Darrell Arnold officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Covenant Presbyterian Church or Good Shepherd Hospice. "The family wishes to thank our many friends who have prayed for us and showered Ruby with an outpouring of love through cards, calls and visits. The folks at Good Shepherd Hospice made this difficult time as pleasant as possible, and we thank God for them and the excellent work that they do.
Published in TBO.com on Apr. 27, 2011.