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Annie Ruth Boykins

September 17, 1931February 13, 2021

Annie Ruth Boykins, age 89 of Rochester, New York went home to be with the Lord on the morning of February 13, 2021 at Unity Hospital of Rochester, New York. Annie Ruth was born in Clinton, North Carolina, September 17, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Henry R. and Hattie P. (Fennell) Boykins. Annie Ruth attended school in Bolivia, N.C. She was a dedicated member of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Reading, Pennsylvania, where she loved singing in the mass choir and serving in the soup kitchen. Annie Ruth was also a member of the Hostess Club, participated with fundraising and a faithful member of the adult Sunday school . She was always willing to help out where needed until the time of her illness. Annie Ruth enjoyed cooking and sewing as her hobbies. Annie Ruth received the C.P.A.A.M. award presented by the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum. She was last employed by Aramark, where she retired with accolades. Annie Ruth was preceded in death by two sons, Sammy L. and Jervis Boykins. Three brothers, John Henry, McCrae Sr. and McKinley. A sister, Sarah (Boykins) Berry and sister-in-law, Joyce E. Boykins and brother-in-law, Bobby Berry. She is survived by three daughters, Debra A. Gumby, of Pottsville, PA; Pearl H. (Gumby) Barnes, of Reading, PA and DeNiel M. Blake, of Reading, PA. Five sons, Theodis A. Boykins, of Reading, PA; Jeffrey Gumby, of Muhlenberg, PA; Ernest M. Gumby, of Allentown, PA; Robbie Gumby, of Reading, PA and James J. Blake, of Reading, PA; Thirty-nine grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and ten great-great grandchildren. Annie Ruth is survived by one sister, Omeda H. Boykins, of Rochester, NY. Annie Ruth is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and Ruby Martin, of Reading, PA. Annie Ruth will be greatly missed. She was loved by many. A Celebration of Annie's Life will be Tuesday February 23, 2021 at 1pm in Theo C Auman Funeral Home, 247 Penn St., Reading. Burial to follow in Charles Evans Cemetery. Viewings will be Monday February 22, 2021, 6-8pm and Tuesday 11-1pm in the funeral home. www.theocauman.com

  • FAMILY

  • Henry Boykins, Father (deceased)
  • Hattie Boykins, Mother (deceased)
  • Debra A Gumby, Daughter
  • DeNiel M Blake, Daughter
  • Pearl Gumby Barnes, Daughter
  • Theodios Boykins, Son
  • Jeffery Gumby, Son
  • Ernest M Gumby, Son
  • Robbie Gumby, Son
  • James J Blake, Son
  • Hattie Boykins, Sister
  • Sammy Lee Boykins, Son (deceased)
  • Jervis Boykins, Son (deceased)

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

Memories

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Kenny Jr. Tyson

February 24, 2021

I am truly grateful to To Mrs. Gumby , for being a Southside Mother to me I grew up 1 door away on 7thst. SHE WAS THE MOST HUMBLE PERSON I KNEW. POLITE ,CARING, and Yes She showed loved to everyone πŸ™πŸ’œ RIH

Willie Sims

February 23, 2021

My condolences

hattie boykins

February 22, 2021

ANNIE RUTH WAS A LOVING AND PATIENT SISTER TO ME NEVER LET CRAZY THINGS BOTHER HER KIND TO EVERYBODY I AM GOING TO MISS YOU SO MUCH LOVE YOU YOUR SISTER OMEDA BOYKINS

Pastor Delishia Davis

February 21, 2021

Sis. Annie Ruth Boykins was a beautiful woman of faith. She served the ministries of the church and seniors in the community with love and kindness. It was an honor to be her Pastor for a season, and a close friend for her latter years. I will cherish the memories of sharing with her in fellowship. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the Bethel Church family.

Mildred Gilyard

February 20, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family. Annie Ruth was a kind and caring person. She was a great helper at the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum (CPAAM). I appreciated her so much. Annie was always willing to assist others in anyway she could. She assisted many organizations at Bethel AME Church. She is missed. May she Rest in Peace. Respectfully submitted by Mildred Gilyard 🌹🌹🌹

Aaron and Ruth Mosley

February 20, 2021

Annie Ruth such a beautiful,loveable ,Caring person she will be missed.
RIP we loved you,
Reidsville. North Carolina

Deborah DeBooth

February 20, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. I will never forget the great choir rehearsals , and songs we rendered at Bethel AME Rdg. in the Combined Choir, and Annual Women's Day Choir. Sister Annie Ruth was always kind and attentive, and such a joy to fellowship with. She will be missed. πŸ™πŸ½πŸŒΉβœοΈβ€οΈ

Evelyn Lockhart Ferguson

February 19, 2021

Mrs. Annie Ruth was a very beautiful woman. I loved her dearly. In my mind’s eyes I see her walking proudly down South 9th St in Reading,Pa. Her house then was right above ours. Pearl and I were best childhood friends. Love you. Rest in Heaven. Deepest Sympathy & Condolences. Evelyn Lockhart Ferguson

Deanna Bell Jackson

February 19, 2021

Sending heartfelt condolences to the family. Ms Annie was a wonderful person. Never saw her waiver from being polite. Keeping you all in prayer!β€πŸ™

Delores Lockhart

February 19, 2021

Very beautiful person Rip will never be forgotten my love go out to the family

FROM THE FAMILY