Ruth Oleta Lineberger

January 14, 1965January 13, 2013

Ruth Oleta Lineberger, 47, of 2524 Brook Crossing Circle, Raleigh, NC was born in the Wilton Community of southern Granville County, NC, to Rev. and Mrs. James W. Lineberger, Jr. on January 14, 1965. She died at Rex Healthcare Emergency Department on January 13, 2013, of massive systems failure!

She was educated in Cary Elementary, Middle and High Schools. She graduated at the head of her class from the Amarillo Branch of the University of Texas with an AA degree as a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

In her public school years she was an accomplished cake decorator, noted especially for her skill and ingenuity in creating cakes for children. She and her mother operated a very successful wedding catering business in which creating unusual wedding cakes was her specialty! In school, she often substituted a highly decorated cake on the subject for an essay assignment, much to the students’ and teacher’s enjoyment! These efforts always gained her an “A” grade!

Even totally disabled, she operated her Jenome 350 Embroidery Sewing Machine on which she became especially skilled in using metallic thread! Using this, she created many beautiful, award-winning pieces of embroidery. A shirt or a jacket decorated by her was an item to be treasured as an heirloom!

She enjoyed giving, even when it was a sacrifice! And she especially enjoyed her poodles, toy and tea cup! Her favorite charity was the annual “mission to the Navaho Indians and their animals” in Arizona conducted by the NC State Chapter of the Christian Veterinary Mission, led by Dr. Paige Wages.

Through the years her loving spirit, her giving nature and her kind spirit, set her apart! She will be truly missed by her parents, her dog Wiggles and her friends Teresa, Barbara and Jennifer.

A memorial service will be held 2 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of Cary, 117 S. Academy Street, Cary, NC 27511. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at a reception to be held in the Marti Bell Room in the Templeton Building at the church and other times at the home. A private inurnment will be held at a later date at Montlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be sent to Christian Veterinary Mission, c/o Dr. Paige Wages, Oberlin Animal Hospital, 1216 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27608.

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Glenda Westbrook-Neilsen

March 23, 2013

Mr. & Mrs. Lineberger,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Ruth was an incredible person and I will always remember her constant smile and cheerful attitude when we were children. She was certainly someone who brightened up a room whenever she walked in. My prayers continue for your family.

Betsy Stephenson

January 23, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Ruth's Passing! I remember her in Sunday School and MYF. She was such a sweet person. You may remember my parents Jane and Fred Alexander. I married Tommy Stephenson from FUMC.

January 18, 2013

We were so sorry to learn of your daughter Ruth's passing from my sister ,Liz. Our prayers & thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May your memories give you comfort in the days ahead.
Peggy & Mike Kleinfelter

January 18, 2013

We were so sorry to learn of your daughter Ruth's passing from my sister,Liz. Our prayers & thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Peggy & Mike Kleinfelter,

Jan Gunderson

January 18, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Lineberger,
I remember stories of Ruth when she was a young child and I was Mrs. Lineberger's employee at Wake DSS. I am so sorry for your loss.

Mame Johnston

January 17, 2013

I was so saddened to learn this afternoon of Mary's passing. She was such a special person who LOVED her embroidery designs and her use of colorful threads. She is, without doubt, spreading her sunshine and love of color throughout heaven. God bless you and keep you all in His care always.

The Brumson's

January 17, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Catherine Traylor

January 17, 2013

while I did not know Ruth personally, I do know many of the family. Roy and Sarah Gullick, Jr. includes my daughter. I've met many members of the family and can relate to the feeling of such a loss. Know that my prayers are with all of you.

Tammy H, LPN

January 16, 2013

Mary and Family,
Many thoughts and prayers to you at this time. We will miss "Ruthie", I know she is in a better place, just wished she could have stayed longer.

January 16, 2013

Dear Jim and Mary Jac. what beautiful tribute to Ruth. My family and I remember her very well. Of course one of my favorite memories was when daddy would hold her on his lap and let her eat from the container of butter with her fingers. I know this is a terrible loss for you. Our love and prayers go out to you.