OBITUARY

Ida Ruth Whitford

November 2, 1934January 9, 2019
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New Bern Ida Ruth Whitford 84, of New Bern died January 9, 2019. She is predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Grover Lanis Whitford; Parents, Leslie and Clara McLawhorn. She was a member of Broad Street Christian Church and worked with BB&T from 1973- 1991. She loved her lunches with the RODEO girls.

Surviving is her son, Gregory Whitford of New Bern; daughter, Lenise Kilborn of Oriental; grandchildren Amber Alvarado (Macario) of Sandy Ridge, Joshua Bonner (Stephanie) of Oriental; great grandchildren, Emelia Alvardo, Roman Alvarado, Aubrey Ann Bonner.

A Funeral service will be held Sunday, January 13, 2019 3:00pm at Cotten Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Broad Street Christian Church. Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the Whitford family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 13, 2019
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Ida Ruth Whitford

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Pat Croom

January 13, 2019

So sorry to hear of Ruth's death. My prayers are with the family. I worked with Ruth at BB&T. Rest in peace Ruth! Pat

Michael Whitford

January 13, 2019

Lenise and Greg,
I am unable to attend the services today but do want to reach out in your loss. I want to say Aunt Ruthie was my Favorite in the string of our relatives outside of our parents(and of course Uncle Lanis). I remember so many times either visiting them at the beach or at home and she would always create a funny, fun time with many laughs. This was just her free spirit that was contagious to anyone around her. There have been many times I wish we lived closer and this is another.
I wish you God's peace for today and the future.

We Love you,
Mike &Janice Whitford

Gloria Bock

January 10, 2019

Hello...my name is Gloria. I met Ruthie about 2 years ago. I met Ruthie via a mutual friend. At the time....Ruthie was in need of some special care at home helping with activities of daily living. I had recently retired and I was pleased when asked by Ruthie's family to help their loved one at home. What began as a client/nurse relationship quickly turned to a more personal friend/friend relationship. Today I mourn the loss of my friend.....my adopted mother. I visited her nursing facility tonight (1-10-19) and was met with open arms. Although Ruthie was a resident only a short time (1year) she made many friends and they loved her kindness and often commented about the "joy" that she exhibited on a daily basis. They shared funny stories and heart felt stories about Ruthie. Many things I heard for the very first time. They were thankful tonight for an explanation of "where is my friend Ruthie". I was so touched and so thankful that I had made the decision to visit "our" friends tonight. I left feeling .... blessed and even more determined to return to our friends at every opportunity I have. Ruthie....I love you and thank you for blessing me and loving me like a daughter. I will see you later.....Details to follow about a Celebration of Life at Courtyards in New Bern NC

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