Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Ruby Jean Stephens

February 10, 1941November 29, 2019

Ruby Jean Stephens 78 of New Bern, passed away at CarolinaEast Medical Center on Friday, November 29, 2019. She is proceeded in death by her beloved husband, Harold E. Stephens, and her parents Afton and Julia Cottle. She is survived by her two daughters; Sandy Stephens of New Bern, Amby Maher (Rich) of Arapahoe, three grandchildren, Bridgette Maher, Melissa Maher, Bradford Maher (Crystal), and five great grand children, Mary Maher, Jacob Maher, Ruben Maher, Julia Maher, Penelope Maher. Ruby was a devout Christian, who cared deeply for her family. She enjoyed tending to her yard. She also sold Avon for over 47 years, receiving many awards for being a top seller. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm at Cotten Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow, starting at 12:00pm at Cotten Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenleaf Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Ruby Jean Stephens

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Terri Van Sickle

December 3, 2019

Mrs. Ruby was a wonderful neighbor and friend. She was a blessing to us for many years. Olivia and Sophia have special memories of their times with her and Sandy watching movies, Little House on the Prairie, ordering pizza, and playing with the cats. We’ll miss seeing her working in her yard and hearing her sweet voice and kind words. Our prayers are with you Sandy, Ambi, Rich, Bridgettte, Melissa, Mary and the whole family.

Terry, Terri, Olivia, and Sophia Van Sickle

ramona genco

December 3, 2019

I was lucky enough to see her at the family reunion on 19th of Oct.
She was a loving and devoted mother and a great friend.

My love to her family.. I wish I could be there.

Aunt Grace Cottle Genco

Rebecca Wheeler

December 2, 2019

I remember Ruby delivering Avon to my Mom for many years
I also went to church with her , she was a beautiful person inside and out .
Prayers of comfort and strength for the family . May Gods love sustain you during this time of grief .
Much love sent to all !!!