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Apex Funeral Home

550 W Williams St, Apex, NC

OBITUARY

Ruth Warren Holleman

June 10, 1924May 16, 2011

Ruth Holleman, 86, died in her home on Monday, May 16. She was born June 10, 1924 in Sampson County, NC, the sixth child of Ila Lee and Malcomb Warren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Holleman. A graduate of Westbrook High School, Mary Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing, and the Nurse Anesthesia Program, Bowman Gray School of Medicine/North Carolina Baptist Hospital. Ruth served as chair of Rex Hospital’s Department of Anesthesia and later as nurse anesthetist for Dorothea Dix Hospital. She also provided volunteer anesthesia services for St. Agnes Hospital, Central Prison, and Butner Hospital. Ruth provided leadership and service in many civic, cultural, and church activities. While Chair of the Wake County Library Commission (1994-2004), the county constructed eight new libraries, renovated three others, put bookmobiles back in service for children with limited access to libraries, upgraded to computerized cataloguing, installed personal computers for the public, and established the audio book collection.

Ruth served as President of the Democratic Women of Wake County, the Apex Women’s Club, and the PTA, and as Director of the North Carolina University Women’s Club Foreign Student English Conversation program. She served as a docent for the North Carolina Museum of Art and on the boards of Wake County Legal Aid, Wake County Historical Society, Friends of the College, and Raleigh Boys Choir. She was a long-time Sunday school teacher and Cub Scout Den Mother.

Ruth was a pioneer for women, creating a path for those seeking careers and positions of leadership. Ruth is survived by her son Toby, his wife Connie, and their sons Blake and Aaron, and by her son Warren, his wife Marsha, and their daughter Annie and son Tom. She is also survived by her sister Frances Dunn, and sisters-in-law Hilda Warren, Rometta Warren, and Clorine Holleman Marsh. Visitation will be Thursday, May 19, 6-8pm, at Apex United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be on Friday, May 20, 11am, also at Apex UMC.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to Wake County Public Library Fund, c/o 1930 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27605 or the Ruth Warren Holleman Scholarship Fund, Nurse Anesthesia Program, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 19, 2011
  • Memorial Service Friday, May 20, 2011

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A Heartfelt Message

June 6, 2011

Dorothy Donaldson

May 21, 2011

Warren, Toby & Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful lady and I am honored to have known her. She will be deeply missed. I am sorry I was not able to attend the services. With deepest sympathy

Harold Williams

May 21, 2011

Toby,Warren and Families,
I was so sorry to read of your Mother's death but at the same time was able to rejoice in my memories of her. I remembered the support she gave you boys in school as well as the support she gave the school. I remembered our brief experiences in politics- her push to get me to run for office. Most of all I remembered what a fine christian example she was for all. Prior obligations kept me from attending services but cannot stop me from extending my thoughts and prayers to you and your families. You have much to be thankful for.

Toni Donnelly Steely

May 20, 2011

Toby, Warren and family,
I called your Mom my guardian angel because she always seemed to visit at just the right time.
I enjoyed her company and felt like I could ask her anything. She was so smart!
The first time I met her was when we would sled down Fairview before it was paved. Your Mom was keeping an eye out and handing out hot chocolate. I went inside my house and Mother said to please be careful. I responded "Don't worry Mom we've got a Nurse!" I'm sure Mother was reassured.
I felt blessed to call her my friend. We laughed a lot during visits and chatted easily about this and that.
Please know that she touched my life and helped me through some tough days.
I loved her and will miss her so much.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love-Toni Donnelly Steely

May 20, 2011

Warren, Toby and Family: Our condolences on Aunt Ruth's passing. She was always a fount of energy and wisdom. We will all miss her, but will remember her fondly and often.

Ivan, Charlene, Lacy and Nell Holleman.

Rosalinda Engle

May 20, 2011

Dear Warren, my deepest condolences to you and your family at this time. I will keep all in my heart and prayers. Rosalinda Engle (Houston, TX)

Martha Bryant Bailey

May 20, 2011

Toby, Warren, and Families,
I know you will miss your mother so very much, but you must have such great memories to carry you through this difficult time. At one time she was my sunday school teacher. This I will never forget. She was a real inspiration to all that heard/knew her. Just wanted you both to know that I am thinking of you and will keep you in my prayers.
With sympathy,
Martha Bryant Bailey

Vicki (McNemar) Jeter

May 19, 2011

My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of a wonderful and lovely lady. I taught Ruth's sons, Toby and Warren, many years ago at Apex High School. She raised two of the finest young men I have had the priviledge of knowing. Toby and Warren - you are in my prayers. - Vicki Jeter

Jon Rountree

May 19, 2011

My deepest condolences to the family of Ruth Holleman for your loss. I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Holleman only once, and I found her to be a sweet, caring, and generous person. May God bless the family in this time of sorrow.

June Arnold

May 19, 2011

All of our prayers are with you Toby and your family at this time. May God grant you his peace and his love, may he give you the courage and strength to endure during this trying time. Trust God he will see you through all of this.

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