Ruth (Hurley) Howe

Born: Thu., May 6, 1926
Died: Fri., Jul. 5, 2019


4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Mon., Jul. 08, 2019
Location: Dublin United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

7:00 PM Mon., Jul. 08, 2019
Location: Dublin United Methodist Church

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Ruth Virginia Hurley Howe, age 93, of Dublin died Friday, July 5, 2019 at Highland Ridge Rehab surrounded by her loving family and treasured staff members.  Ruth was born May 6, 1926 in Saltville, Virginia, and was the daughter of George Austin Hurley and Malonia Dee Hurley.  Ruth had a wonderful childhood in Saltville, and she then attended and graduated from Emory and Henry College.  After graduation, she moved to Dublin to begin her teaching career at Dublin High School.  It was in Dublin that she met the love of her life, Haven, and they were married in 1948.  Ruth continued her career as a guidance counselor at Pulaski County High School, and served over forty years as either a teacher or guidance counselor for the Pulaski County School System.  She was loved, by her fellow teachers and her students.  Her sweet spirit, positive attitude and genuine love of people touched the lives of everyone she met.  Ruth was a long time member of the Dublin United Methodist Church where she served in many capacities; Sunday School teacher, Seekers Circle member and leader, United Methodist Women leadership positions, and she was the unofficial greeter for the church.  Members of the church fondly remember Ruth as the first person who welcomed them when they visited the church, and she was the reason that many of them returned.  Her faithfulness and love of the Lord was obvious in the way she lived her life each day.  She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws, Becky and Mark Buckland, and Beth and Buddy Ratcliffe, grandchildren and spouses, Jared and Ashley Buckland, Ben and Ginny Buckland, Emilie and Shay Dunnigan, and Katie Church.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Sue Odom, step-grandchildren, Meghan and Adam Parker and family, and Maci and Cody Hamilton, and her cherished nieces and their families.  She was proceeded in death by her beloved husband, Haven Daniel Howe, and her sister, Jannavee Hurley Phipps.  Funeral services will be held at Dublin United Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019 with Rev. Don Shelor officiating.  Visitation will be prior to the service from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the church.  Interment will be on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Memory Gardens.  The family appreciates all the love and support that has been shown to Ruth over the past two years by friends, her precious caregivers and her adopted family at Highland Ridge Rehab.  For those desiring to remember Ruth, the family suggests memorials to the Dublin United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 577, Dublin, Virginia.  

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Kathryn Trail
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019

SWEET AND WARM REMEMBRANCE TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Kathy and Mike, Carolyn and Bob, Brad, Nancy, Max and Jake, Sarah, James, John, and Henry, Staci and Jerry.

Loved Aunt Ruth!!!❤️ Kathy and Mike, Carolyn and Bob, Brad, Nancy, Max and Jake, Sarah, James, John, and Henry, Staci and Jerry

Lesa and Michael Edwards
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
To all of Granny Ruth's precious family -our sincere condolences to you all in your time of great loss. She meant so much to our family and my son remembers her like a Grandmother as well. This town will miss her and remember her with great love. I will miss our visits and chats and she was always showing us something that someone had made for her or given her and how her plants were growing and what she had cooked and for whom. She was an amazing cook! I hope it is a comfort knowing that she is reunited with Haven and her mom and dad and sister -heaven will be a happy place seeing her there. Love you all -prayers for comfort in the coming days. Lesa and Mic

Janie Smith Terrell
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
My sincere sympathy to each of you during this difficult time. This was one of the sweetest, loving, unselfish and the most genuine woman I have ever known. She always met you with her beautiful smile and sweet comments. She definitely and positively touched a lot of lives. May she Rest In Peace.

Kathy Bishop
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
Becky, Mark, Beth, Buddy and families,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Your Mother was a wonderful lady who always cared so much for those she met. Thousands of students, including myself, were and will always have fond memories with your Mom.
Our love to all,
Kathy and Freddie Bishop
Amy and Eric Berry
Becky and Brody Lindamood
Suzie Baldwin
Mark Baldwin

Joanne Graham
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
It has been many years since I graduated from Dublin. Mrs Howe was in the Guidance Office then, and I have never forgotten her. Such a lovely, sweet woman, with the warmest smile.
Prayers for the family.

Ramona Hovatter Lenhardt
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
So very sorry for your loss.
Sweet memories of Mrs. Howe at DHS.

Caroline&Ron Van Sise
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
She truly had the heart of a servant and meant so much to so many.
Much love,
Caroline & Ron

Mary Ringer
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019

TROPICAL DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by The Ringer Family in Va. Beach Va.

In loving memory of one who was truly a blessing to all. May God provide comfort as only He can until you meet again. Sincerely, The Ringers

Charles & Martha (Owen) Damron
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
Remember Mrs. Howe from Dublin HS Guidance Counselor. She helped Martha to get into Radford and me (a shy hillbilly) to get in Project Upward Bound and VT. Thank you for the encouragement and memories that I would never have without your help. Blessings on the family and comfort from our Lord Jesus Christ in this time of grief.

John and Lisa Buckner
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Connie Ratcliffe
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
Mrs. Howe touched many lives in ways only God knows! Rejoice in the knowledge that her spirit lives on through them!

Martha Allison Quesenberry
   Posted Mon July 08, 2019
I graduated from DHS 1960.I had Mrs.Howe as an English teacher.I loved her.She was a special lady whom you never forget.Saw her only one time since then at a class reunion.My condolences to the family.I know she will be dearly missed!!

Beth Ramsey Brodie
   Posted Mon July 08, 2019
My love and sympathy to family I always remember Mrs Howe smile and hugs She was my favorite teacher at DHS She will be missed by everyone knew her.

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