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Obituary for Rutha Carolyn Woodring (Banther)

Rutha “Ruthie” Carolyn Woodring (Banther), 80, of Lake Toxaway, NC passed peacefully at home on May 18, 2023, due to complications of progressive supranuclear palsy. Mother’s Day weekend prior, she was surrounded by her children and grandchildren, who adored her and will carry her love with them always.

Love and care were Ruth’s specialties, her expression of them unfailing in the midst of life’s challenges and even as her health declined in recent years. She was a humble-hearted, kind, giving person of Christian faith, who always put the needs of her family and friends before her own. She was a hard worker, providing for her family many years as an employee of Cashiers Plastics, and later, M-B Industries.

Both before and after Ruth retired, she poured herself into hosting family gatherings, cooking big, delicious meals, gardening and canning, and creating memories with and for her loved ones. Her sweet spirit and warm hospitality will be deeply missed by her children and grandchildren, and anyone who knew her.

Ruth was preceded in death by, and is now reunited with, parents, Carl and Rhoda (Clark) Banther; siblings, Edith “Dee Dee” Owen, Sue Fowler, Elsie Owen, Charlie Banther, and Della Inman; first husband, Kenneth Banther; son, Joseph Banther; and second husband, Rufus Woodring. She is survived by one sister, Ella Faye Smith (Hugh); sons, Michael Banther, Russell Banther, and Bryan Kelly Banther; daughter, Freda Dias (André); and grandchildren, Caleb Dias, Joshua Dias, and Sara Dias; as well as many relatives of her late husband, Rufus.

Ruth leaves a legacy of caregiving and love. While the family welcomes flowers, or donations to Four Seasons Hospice (211 N. Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792 or, perhaps the best way to honor Ruth’s memory is to love others, even when it’s hard and there is little recognition to be gained.

Services will be held 2pm, Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at Moody-Connolly Funeral Home with Pastor Fred Griggs officiating. Burial will follow the service in Mack McCall Cemetery.

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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.