Ruth Elizabeth Tomlinson Edwards
1921 - 2020
February 22, 1921
November 10, 2020
Ruth Elizabeth Tomlinson Edwards

February 22, 1921 - November 10, 2020

Mrs. Ruth Elizabeth Tomlinson Edwards, 99, of Connelly Springs, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health.

Ruth was born Feb. 22, 1921, in Burke County, to the late Robert B. Tomlinson and Gertrude Townsend Tomlinson. She was a retired baker for Burke County Public Schools cafeterias and was a lifelong member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school for many years. Ruth enjoyed sewing, gardening and was a phenomenal cook.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 78 years, Robert Edwards; two brothers, James C. Tomlinson and Claude B. Tomlinson; and three sisters, Irene Hildebrand, Mary Hildebran, and Mae Sain.

Survivors include her sons, Robert B. Edwards and wife, Sandee, of Granite Falls, Billy Joe Edwards of Connelly Springs, Harold E. Edwards and wife, Nancy, of Charlotte, James 'Bo" Edwards and wife, Renee, of Hickory, Barry Edwards and wife, Karen, of Connelly Springs, and Larry Edwards and wife, Angela, of Hickory; daughters, Rita Philbrick and husband, Tommy, of San Antonio, Texas, Margaret Brittain and husband, Roy, of Connelly Springs, Linda "Sue" Blomquist and husband, Biff, of Greensboro, and Lucinda Druel and husband, Jean-Louis "John," of Hickory; 19 grandchildren; and a numerous amount of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m., at Shady Grove United Methodist Church with Pastor Mitchell Boughman officiating. Interment in the church cemetery will follow. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m., at the church, prior to the service.

The family would like to express a heartfelt "Thank You," to her caregivers, Debbie Lail, Pam Lail, and to Burke Hospice staff, Samantha Greene, Chaplain Mike Costner, Michelle Carswell and the Hospice Care Team of CNAs who took care of her personal needs.

Memorials can be made to Shady Grove UMC, P.O. Box 367, Connelly Springs, NC 28612; or Burke Hospice, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.

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Published by The News Herald on Nov. 12, 2020.
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Exending my deepest sympathy at this sad time. Prayers go out to each of the Edwards family.

Virginia Fryar
Virginia Fryar
Family Friend
November 16, 2020
Ruth was a wonderful lady of strong faith. I will miss her smile and the talks we shared. Her family was precious to her.
Michael Costner
November 11, 2020
I remember your Mother being one of the most kind and loving ladies at church. Her love for Christ was obvious by the life she lived. You're all in my prayers for comfort as you walk the new journey of losing your parents. I'm very sorry I couldn't attend the service today. Since Mom fell and had surgery I've been living with her. Since she can't be left alone, I couldn't be there today. Sending my heartfelt sympathy.
Frances Robinson
Family Friend
November 15, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Gene and Nancy are wonderful friends of ours. Will be praying for all of you during this sad time.
Tom and Julia Grey
November 12, 2020
Very saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Edwards. The family is our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Howard C. Stirewalt Hildebran, NC
Howard C. Stirewalt
November 12, 2020
forever in our hearts
November 11, 2020