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Ruth Farley

May 26, 1921 ~ May 2, 2021 (age 99)


Ruth Farley died May 2, 2021 24 days prior to her 100th birthday. That would be 99.94 years old.

Ruth Farley, 99 years old, of Franklin NC, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 2, 2021.         Twenty-four days shy of reaching 100 years old, Ruth kept true her sharp mind, keen wit and love of chocolate. Her most amazing talent was allowing each of us to believe we were the most special person in her life.

Born in the Township of Walnut Ohio, one of six children raised on the farm, one of Ruth's favorite memories was taking the bus into the city for her first job managing a multi-line switchboard. One of many jobs that allowed her to talk to strangers who then became friends.

Married to B.P. Farley from 1946 until his passing in 1994, they made quite a team when B.P. moved the family from Ohio to Sarasota Florida. The journey was made in the middle of a hot southern summer, with three grumpy kids in an un-airconditioned station wagon that broke down on a hog farm in Georgia. Paul Farley (Fran), Dr. David Farley (Polly) and Nanci Baird (Ken) are the kids that learned honesty, work ethic and kindness are the keys to happiness.

The next generation blessed Ruth with Evan, Bess, Brenna, Chelsea, Lindsay, Michelle and Jessica. Following with her great grandchildren Ember, Corinne, Reese and Luke, allowing her the nicknames of Mom, Mommy, Grammy, and always her favorite "Trouble", bestowed upon her by Rev. David Beam of First United Methodist Church.

Being a child of the Depression years, Ruth was frugal to the end, saving all rubber bands and pens she had ever met.

Rather than a funeral there will be a birthday celebration for her and her daughter-in-law Francye Farley at the First United Methodist Church in Franklin, NC sometime in June. The family requests you honor Ruth with donations to your favorite charity and living your life with love.

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