Ruth Smith Abell

September 14, 1920November 13, 2012

Mrs. Ruth Smith Abell 92 died Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Village Care of King Nursing Home in King, North Carolina. Mrs. Abell was born September 14, 1920 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She graduated from Reynolds High School and attended the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. . Mrs. Abell married Dr. Leonard Abell a Veterinarian serving in the Army upon his return from the Pacific Theater, on July 9, 1943. When he completed his military service, they moved to Rome, Pennsylvania where they lived for 35 years. Dr. and Mrs. Abell retired and moved to Pfafftown, North Carolina in June 1979. Dr. Abell passed away at their home in Pfafftown on January 29, 2011. Mrs. Abell was very active in the community as a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, the Grange, and the Garden Club. She is survived her son Charlie Abell of Fairfax, Virginia; her daughter Sally Rieger of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; her daughter Nina Borow of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; her sister Margaret Pittard of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; her sister Iva Lee Workman of Phoenix, Arizona; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Inurnment services for Mrs. Abell will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. Reverend Jeff Hamrick will officiate. Relatives and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in the name of Mrs. Ruth Abell be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Pfafftown, NC. Online condolences to


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J.Dwight and Carol L. Cartner

November 23, 2012

Charlie,Sally,and Nina,Carol and I have been out of town for a few days and just heard today about the death of your dear Mother. We visited her recently and realized she was longing to be with your Dad. They were a team for so long and worked so well together. We as well as you will miss them but take consolation in knowing that they are once again together and with many of their friends and relatives. What a Thanksgiving this was in Heaven. Prayers will include all of you as you grieve.

November 21, 2012

thank you , to all who have had wonderfull memories of mother , thank you all , again ,, nina

November 19, 2012

To the family of Ruth.
My name might not be fimiliar to you, but Ruth and Leonard meant a lot to our family and my husband's late parents Peter and Theresa Visscher.
Ruth had moved from Rome when we moved to Nichols, but we had the great joy of meeting them in the later years at their home in N.C. Our parents spent many winters on their farm.
She was a joy and a gracious lady to us when ever we made a connection, be it here in Nichols or in the south.
She has now made another "change of address"...."gone to glory" the most wonderful change we humans can make.
May our Lord give you comfort and peace with HIS promise of life everlasting.
Sincerely; Carol and Howard Visscher

Brenda Nagle

November 18, 2012

Charlie, Sally, Nina - Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I really enjoyed taking care of Ruth. She was like my mother, sister, and grandmother all in one. I loved her smile and that certain look she would give you if she wasn't happy. I enjoyed listening to her stories, we would sit in the front room and she would say get me that book off the shelf, and it was her families Bible. OMG its amazing, so many memories of her family. I enjoyed getting her Beautified....(beautiful) Ruth says.... I don't think thats a word, smiling as she saying it.
My husband and boys enjoyed her company also. They would visit her regularly. My husband Tom would call her his other woman. He knew had to put a smile on her face, even when she wasn't feeling good. My oldest son Tommy, when he was going to Forsyth Tech, he would come there and eat lunch with us. She really enjoyed that. My youngest son Jamison, she called him the giant and for me to put bricks on his head for him to stop growing. He would come visit her and she would always ask how he was doing in baseball.
Just a note on the kind of woman she was, very kind, generious, and she made an impact on my family and everyone else. Very loveable lady. She will always be my Ruthy.

November 17, 2012

Charlie, Sally, Nina and Families
Sorry to hear about your Mom. Ruth and Leonard were definitely a positive influence in my life. From Ruth I gained a love for classical music and a good work ethic. I remember good times at Highland Lake with you kids. Rome missed Ruth & Leonard when they moved away and the world lost a good lady when Ruth passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry we lost touch over the years. Ron & Cherie (Harvey) Jones

November 17, 2012

The Upchurches truly loved Ruth and Doc and enjoyed many happy days with them. They will truly be missed, but we are grateful for the many happy memories we have in our hearts. Our sincere sympathy and love to all the family.

Willard, Mary Ann and Howie

November 17, 2012

So sorry, your Mom was a great lady. She touched so many lives in Rome.
Beverly (Hayward)Woodford, Horseheads, NY

November 17, 2012

Charlie,Sally and Nina,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your Mom. She was a very special lady.
-Rick Secor

Dave Williams

November 17, 2012

My Condolences to all of you. Your mother was quite a lady. She will be missed by all.

The Emerson Abell Family

November 16, 2012

Charlie, Sally and Nina,
Sorry to hear about Aunt Ruth. We have many fond memories---especially Thanksgiving at Great Grandpa's and Aunt Helen's house. Hope all is well with you and your Families.