Mrs. Ruth Donnelly Duncan, 94, of Hwy 88, Zionville, N.C., the Sutherland Community, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at her home.

Born May 2, 1925 in Ashe County, she was a daughter of the late Bruce and Torrence Wilson Donnelly. Ruth was an active lifelong member and servant at Sutherland Methodist Church.

Mrs. Duncan enjoyed her work as a former manager at Mix-Mates, and also at the Sewing and Vacuum Center. Ruth also enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens.

She is survived by one daughter, Martha Nelson and husband Rocky; two grandsons, Adam Winebarger of Washington, DC, Rob Nelson of Asheville; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Kellerman and husband Mike of Reno, Nevada; four great grandchildren, Sophie and Hannah Nelson, and Michael and McKenzie Kellerman; two sisters, Belle Ragan of Trade, TN and Margaret Wallace of Zionville; one sister in law, Joan Donnelly of Zionville; her caregiver, Joyce Trivette and a number of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Meredith Duncan; one son, Brooks Duncan, two brothers, Raymond and Joe Donnelly and two sisters, Virginia Lewis and Grace Wilson.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Donnelly Duncan were conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Sutherland United Methodist Church. Officiating was the Rev. Warren Lunsford and the Rev. Ben Wilson. Burial followed in the Wilson Family Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday evening, July 12, 2019 from 5:30p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Medi Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 421, Jefferson, NC 28640.

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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Duncan family.