OBITUARY

Mamie Ruth Chewning

November 29, 1934June 24, 2018
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Mamie Ruth Chewning (83) passed away peacefully at Rex Hospital in Raleigh on June 24, 2018. She was surrounded by her devoted husband and loving family.

Ruth is survived by her husband, O. Charlie Chewning of 61 years. Their 3 daughters Donna Clement (Chris Clement), Gina Chewning-Kinlaw (Robin Kinlaw), Cami Chewning-Barefoot (Don Barefoot) all of Raleigh, N.C.; Grandchildren (8) Travis Benforado, Brittany Wise, Landon Clement, Jade Clement, Trevor Kinlaw, Wesley Barefoot, Emily Kinlaw, Carly Jo Barefoot and (6) great grandchildren; Chase Clement, Dylan Wise, Travis John Benforado, Silas Wise, Nova Williams and Saint Shirey all of Raleigh; sisters Ann Clark of Ashville, Lib Dawkins of Wadesboro, Frances Davis of Ocean Isle Beach and Brenda Wright of Lilesville.

Ruth was a loving wife, mother, and friend to all. She was truly a gift, touching the lives of so many with her compassionate heart and beautiful soul. She never met a stranger and could light up the room with her beautiful smile. She was the sweetest most loving lady and was admired by so many. Ruth was the leader of her family. She paved a path for all, by instilling her knowledge and love. Her family was blessed to have such a loving and caring Lady to guide them through life. Ruth will be missed tremendously by her soulmate, Charlie, their daughters and so many others, as Ruth's gracious, beautiful soul touched the lives of so many.

Ruth was born November 29, 1934 near Lilesville, NC. The daughter of late R.T. and Beulah Grooms. Raised on a farm with her four sisters, one of Ruth's jobs was to milk the cow daily.

Ruth attended UNC Greensboro Women's College and worked 3 years in Charlotte with Mill (Duke) Power Company. June 9, 1957, she married her High School sweetheart, who she met in the 6th grade and they moved to New York City. Ruth and Charlie also lived in San Antonia, TX., Waco, TX., Shreveport, LA., while Charlie was in the Air Force, Charlotte, N.C., (2 times) and Raleigh, N.C. (2 times).

Ruth was always devoted to her husband and his success with the Deloitte CPA consulting firm (initially Haskins & Sells). As Charlie expanded the Raleigh and North Carolina practice, Ruth managed the household, giving the best care to their girls, as well as, completely supporting Charlie. Together they helped others reach their personal and professional goals. Ruth and Charlie's involvement, dedication and devotion in helping others never went unnoticed.

During the summer months Ruth would load up the Suburban with grandchildren and take them to their home in Charlotte or trips to the beach. Ruth and her girls would spend summers at Ocean Isle Beach where she enjoyed looking for shells, spending time with family and close friends. She would never pass on a card game of gin rummy, bridge, working a jigsaw puzzle or crossword puzzle. The beach was one of her happy places, actually Ruth was Happy wherever she was as long as she with her husband, family and friends.

Another very important place in Ruth's life was Duke University. Attending games and many Duke Functions with Charlie and family. Recently she loved wearing her Duke blue and white beads. Over the past months of her life the bead necklaces were a staple to her outfit. She knew the colors of the beads had represented a very important part of her life, and were a gift from her sweetheart.

There was nothing more important to Ruth than her husband, daughters, grandchildren and her sisters. She received joy by watching her family grow. She loved them all unconditionally – always providing support, a helping hand, words of encouragement, as well as, opening her heart and home to anyone. Ruth never met a stranger… she had great love for all. Most of all Ruth loved holding hands with her sweetheart, Charlie, as he always loved having her hand in his.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Millbrook Baptist Church 1519 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27609. Family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the ceremony.

The family wishes to thank N.C. Nurse Care and Yevette Alleyen, and Doctor Joseph Moore at Duke Raleigh Cancer Center for their loving care and devotion to Ruth and support to Charlie.

Arrangement by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 East Millbrook Rd., Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers send contributions to Millbrook Baptist Church 1519 East Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, N.C., Alzheimer's Disease Research 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, Mclean, VA 22102; Duke Cancer Institute www.dukecancerinstitute.org , or CFF Carolina Challengers Football/cheer program for youth with disabilities c/o Sally McCormick 4500 Oak Park Rd., Raleigh, N.C. 27612.

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  • FAMILY

  • Ruth is survived by her husband, O. Charlie Chewning of 61 years. Their 3 daughters Donna Clement (Chris Clement), Gina Chewning-Kinlaw (Robin Kinlaw), Cami Chewning-Barefoot (Don Barefoot) all of Raleigh, N.C.; Grandchildren (8) Travis Benforado, Brittany Wise, Landon Clement, Jade Clement, Trevor Kinlaw, Wesley Barefoot, Emily Kinlaw, Carly Jo Barefoot and (6) great grandchildren; Chase Clement, Dylan Wise, Travis John Benforado, Silas Wise, Nova Williams and Saint Shirey all of Raleigh; sisters Ann Clark of Ashville, Lib Dawkins of Wadesboro, Frances Davis of Ocean Isle Beach and Brenda Wright of Lilesville.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
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Becki Prince

July 15, 2018

Ruth was such a wonderful, loving, kind and generous lady and I feel truly blessed that she was a friend of mine. I lived next door to her daughter Cami for 7 years and was blessed to be asked to their many family gatherings at Cami's house and through that time I was very blessed to meet and get to know Ruth and Charlie. She could lite up a room with her beautiful smile and never had a harsh word to say about anybody. Ruth And Charlie were such an inspiration to everyone that met them. I have never seen a couple more in love than them, and after 61 years of marriage!! That is a blessing everyone wishes they can have in their lives. I have not been in Raleigh for 5 years and have missed seeing her but I have many fond memories of my time with Ruth and Charlie and their beautiful daughters and grand children. They have all touched my life and I am very blessed to have them part of my life. I will miss you Ruth but I know you are with Jesus and I will see you again. Becki Prince

Amie Breeden

July 14, 2018

So many wonderful memories of Ruth. A devoted wife and mother who supported her family and many others. I feel so fortunate to have been considered a part of this family who, in Ruth, had an amazing role model. She will always be considered for me a major part and influence in my life. Love to you all!
Amie

Vickie McGee

July 14, 2018

I consider myself so blessed to have known Ruth Chewning for the past 40 years. Many words come to mind when I think of her: gracious, kind, beautiful, generous, thoughtful, loyal, dependable, strong and loving. As a kid, Ruth always made me feel welcome and she went out of her way to make me feel special in so many ways. I will always treasure the great memories of her picking me up from school when I was sick and needed a ride home, being hospitable during the many sleep overs with Cami, church with the family on Sunday mornings at Millbrook Baptist, going to the buffet lunch at North Ridge Country Club afterward, straightening my curly hair at your kitchen sink, Christmas’s filled with great food, fellowship and beautiful Christmas trees with red bulbs and sand dollar ornaments she hand-made, weddings, celebrating the birth of grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her delivering food after the birth of my children (Ruth made the best rice I’ve ever tasted by the way).

Ruth’s love and commitment to family was always evident and made a lasting impression on those who knew her. Ruth was such a devoted wife, mother and a very special friend who will be greatly missed. Sending continued love and prayers to the family during this difficult time.

Ross Merritt

July 14, 2018

Ocean Isle Beach has always been my favorite place in the world. The island has so much beauty. The fishing and shelling doesn’t get any better than OIB in my opinion. However, the one thing that makes Ocean Isle Beach better than any other place for me is our neighbors. We love the Chewning’s like our own family. Mrs. Chewning was always as sweet and lovely as they come, with Mr. Chewning always right by her side. If we were eating crabs or dying Easter eggs it was always better when Mrs . Chewning was there. I am so glad that Sarah and Libby got to meet such a wonderful lady. We love you all.

Jane Doggett

July 14, 2018

Love your sweet mom and most of all the amazing friendship she and Charlie shared with my Parents. They will always be my parents best friends and best memories of their amazing adventures together. One of my favorite stories is how Charlie and My Dad surprised Ruth and my mom with a trip and they did not know they were going with each other or where they were going and they ran into each other at the airport. So much love, friendship fun times and memories to cherish. My heart and prayers are with you and your family today.

Gwynn Aycock

July 14, 2018

My Aunt Ruth will truly be missed so much! I loved her like my second mom. We have so many memories of trips to the beach , camping at Pirateland, OIB trips, parades, laughter and so much love! We spent many days hanging out with Ruth in Charlotte while she cooked and entertained grandchildren . She was such a kind and loving lady . I will cherish all the memories made with her . I send my prayers and love to Uncle Charlie, Cami, Gina and Donna and all the other family members. God is watching over you all. 🙏❤️

Pam Robertson

July 13, 2018

My dear aunt Ruth has been a great example to me and my family. She has always been loving and kind and a very generous aunt. She has always been there as a child taking pictures of us so that we would have memories. Those pictures that I have are black and white photos from the 1950s. I am so grateful for those memories. She and my uncle Charlie have always called to check on us every week for years! They are very special people in my family’s life! She will be missed beyond belief. My prayers are with Charlie and the girls as we come to her memorial service tomorrow. Praying for strength and comfort during this very difficult time of loss to our family.

Steve Clark

July 12, 2018

The pain of this loss is too much to endure I loved my aunt Ruth like she was my own mother. One of the most caring people that I have ever known. My memories of getting to go stay with my uncle Charlie and aunt Ruth and my cousins during the summers are memories that I will always cherish . My prayers are with my uncle Charlie because he is the best husband and father that any person could ever have . I will truly miss my sweet sweet aunt Ruth !!

Yvette Alleyne

July 11, 2018

A beautiful memory of Mrs. Ruth was when we walked, talked and sang Jesus loves me, Amazing Grace, Twinkle twinkle little star and one of her favorites When the saints go marching in. Mrs. Ruth will always have a special place in my heart. She had a heart of gold and will be greatly missed. Love u sweetheart Rest in Peace.

Steve and Sarah Harrington

July 11, 2018

Our hearts are broken in the loss of our dear cousin, Ruth Chewning. She always had the sweetest smile and loving heart. I have never seen a family so close and attentive to their loved one. You should have no regrets - for she truly knew you loved her. Just hang on to all the good memories. Love and hugs to each of you.

Biography

Mamie Ruth Chewning (83) passed away peacefully at Rex Hospital in Raleigh on June 24, 2018. She was surrounded by her devoted husband and loving family.

Ruth is survived by her husband, O. Charlie Chewning of 61 years. Their 3 daughters Donna Clement (Chris Clement), Gina Chewning-Kinlaw (Robin Kinlaw), Cami Chewning-Barefoot (Don Barefoot) all of Raleigh, N.C.; Grandchildren (8) Travis Benforado, Brittany Wise, Landon Clement, Jade Clement, Trevor Kinlaw, Wesley Barefoot, Emily Kinlaw, Carly Jo Barefoot and (6) great grandchildren; Chase Clement, Dylan Wise, Travis John Benforado, Silas Wise, Nova Williams and Saint Shirey all of Raleigh; sisters Ann Clark of Ashville, Lib Dawkins of Wadesboro, Frances Davis of Ocean Isle Beach and Brenda Wright of Lilesville.

Ruth was a loving wife, mother, and friend to all. She was truly a gift, touching the lives of so many with her compassionate heart and beautiful soul. She never met a stranger and could light up the room with her beautiful smile. She was the sweetest most loving lady and was admired by so many. Ruth was the leader of her family. She paved a path for all, by instilling her knowledge and love. Her family was blessed to have such a loving and caring Lady to guide them through life. Ruth will be missed tremendously by her soulmate, Charlie, their daughters and so many others, as Ruth's gracious, beautiful soul touched the lives of so many.

Ruth was born November 29, 1934 near Lilesville, NC. The daughter of late R.T. and Beulah Grooms. Raised on a farm with her four sisters, one of Ruth's jobs was to milk the cow daily.

Ruth attended UNC Greensboro Women's College and worked 3 years in Charlotte with Mill (Duke) Power Company. June 9, 1957, she married her High School sweetheart, who she met in the 6th grade and they moved to New York City. Ruth and Charlie also lived in San Antonia, TX., Waco, TX., Shreveport, LA., while Charlie was in the Air Force, Charlotte, N.C., (2 times) and Raleigh, N.C. (2 times).

Ruth was always devoted to her husband and his success with the Deloitte CPA consulting firm (initially Haskins & Sells). As Charlie expanded the Raleigh and North Carolina practice, Ruth managed the household, giving the best care to their girls, as well as, completely supporting Charlie. Together they helped others reach their personal and professional goals. Ruth and Charlie's involvement, dedication and devotion in helping others never went unnoticed.

During the summer months Ruth would load up the Suburban with grandchildren and take them to their home in Charlotte or trips to the beach. Ruth and her girls would spend summers at Ocean Isle Beach where she enjoyed looking for shells, spending time with family and close friends. She would never pass on a card game of gin rummy, bridge, working a jigsaw puzzle or crossword puzzle. The beach was one of her happy places, actually Ruth was Happy wherever she was as long as she with her husband, family and friends.

Another very important place in Ruth's life was Duke University. Attending games and many Duke Functions with Charlie and family. Recently she loved wearing her Duke blue and white beads. Over the past months of her life the bead necklaces were a staple to her outfit. She knew the colors of the beads had represented a very important part of her life, and were a gift from her sweetheart.

There was nothing more important to Ruth than her husband, daughters, grandchildren and her sisters. She received joy by watching her family grow. She loved them all unconditionally – always providing support, a helping hand, words of encouragement, as well as, opening her heart and home to anyone. Ruth never met a stranger… she had great love for all. Most of all Ruth loved holding hands with her sweetheart, Charlie, as he always loved having her hand in his.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Millbrook Baptist Church 1519 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27609. Family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the ceremony.

The family wishes to thank N.C. Nurse Care and Yevette Alleyen, and Doctor Joseph Moore at Duke Raleigh Cancer Center for their loving care and devotion to Ruth and support to Charlie.

Arrangement by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 East Millbrook Rd., Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers send contributions to Millbrook Baptist Church 1519 East Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, N.C., Alzheimer's Disease Research 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, Mclean, VA 22102; Duke Cancer Institute www.dukecancerinstitute.org , or CFF Carolina Challengers Football/cheer program for youth with disabilities c/o Sally McCormick 4500 Oak Park Rd., Raleigh, N.C. 27612.

Be Good, Be Kind and Do the Best you can do in all you do.

Cherish the Moments.