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Ruby Lemmond McCaslin

October 16, 1927February 8, 2020

Ruby Lemmond McCaslin, age 92, of Maiden, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born October 16, 1927, in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Lemmond and Mary Jane Helms Lemmond. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Ruby enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, and she was very involved in volunteering in the community. She was very active in all aspects of First United Methodist Church in Maiden and had previously worked as a manager in the textile industry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, O’Neil McCaslin; four brothers and five sisters. Survivors include her daughters, Jill Beard and husband, Gary of Maiden and Dianne Castell and husband, Bill of Maiden; grandchildren, Tripp Castell (Amy), Marc Castell (Craig), Brie Castell, Drew Beard (Deborah); great grandchildren, Colton Castell, Christian Castell, Rose Castell, Lila Castell, Grace Castell and Oliva Castell; and her beloved and faithful companion, Bitsy. The funeral service will be at 3:00 pm, Thursday, February 13, 2020 at First United Methodist Church in Maiden with Revs. Rob Hutchinson and Wade Childers officiating. Burial will follow in Southside Cemetery in Newton. The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until 2:45 pm at the church. Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.


  • Receiving of Friends Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 13, 2020


Ruby Lemmond McCaslin

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Becky Phipps

February 14, 2020

There is hardly a time in my life when I did not know Ruby McCaslin. All through childhood, my teen years, and beyond. Church youth group and Girl Scouts. And then the time many years after high school when my dad got a terrible diagnosis, and Ruby was a leader of the small army of people who helped my family and saw us through to the time when my father breathed his last. Calling and visiting, laughing and crying. I recall one time when I happened to look into the living room and saw that both Ruby and my mom had managed to doze off for a moment and were leaning against each other and holding each other up, right there on the sofa. Just another manifestation of friendship.
Ruby always set a high standard in her daily life, and in so doing, set a standard that those around her tried to reach. We were all better off for the striving. Always beautiful, inside and out, with a natural elegance from one day to the next, that was Ruby. I don’t think that anyone would disagree when I say that Ruby McCaslin made the world a better place and the world is better off for her having been a part of it. Thank you, Ruby. Because you existed, we are better.

patricia deaton

February 12, 2020

Dianne, Your mom was always such an elegant, beautiful lady and so gracious when I was at your house when we were young.

All my love to you, Jill and your families in this time of loss. A world without a loved one in it is not the same.

Cynthia Bolick Gilbert

February 11, 2020

Dear Jill, Your Mom always welcomed me to your home. I enjoyed visiting there when we were teens because of her kindness
I am sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

Rev. Ronnie W. Parker

February 11, 2020

Dear Jill, Diane and family,
Know of my sincere sympathy on the death of your Mother, Ruby.
Ruby was certainly a wonderful christian lady while we were growing up @ First United Methodist .
Prayers of peace and comfort.