Ruby Arnold

Obituary of Ruby Arnold

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Mrs. Ruby Ragan Arnold, age 106, of The Foley Center, Blowing Rock, passed away Friday evening, April 14, 2023 at Watauga Medical Center. Born Ruby Ragan on March 23, 1917 in Todd, she is the last surviving of 16 children. Ruby and her siblings were raised on the family farm. "We grew everything we ate with the exception of flour and sugar", she said. While her older siblings worked outside on the farm, she helped primarily with the indoor chores. But she did love playing outside with the boys. "They didn't give me much slack. They expected me to hold my own and I did." She had fond memories of attending Elkland School in Todd, where she played basketball "quite well," and graduated at age 16. When asked, have you enjoyed life? She replied "Yes, I can say that I have. I always try to see things in a positive light and make the best of most situations." Ruby always loved to cook and bake, and was known for a couple of specialties. "My peanut brittle and pound cakes have become favorites of several people." Blessed with a green thumb, she always loved raising flowers and working in a garden, and among her hobbies, she always enjoyed knitting. At Boone United Methodist Church, Ruby has been a faithful and active member for a number of years. Mrs. Arnold was preceded in death by her husband, Carol Arnold in 1974 and is survived by a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Memorial services for Mrs. Ruby Arnold will be celebrated Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 2 o'clock at Boone United Methodist Church. The family suggests memorials to Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Blvd., Boone, NC 28607 or to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be shared at the website Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Arnold family.
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