Ruth Rae Yount Starnes, 86, of the Bethlehem Community, left this world on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center.
She was born on May 14, 1931, the daughter of the late Raymond and Ruth Yount. Ruth was a faithful and active member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. She was a woman of the church and served wherever she was needed. Ruth was a homemaker and loved gardening, cooking, and would volunteer at Bethlehem Elementary School.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Starnes; son, Fred “Timothy” Starnes; and sister, Violet Wilson.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Beth Hyatt (Robert), Amy Warren (fiancé Jerry Pardue), Brian Stewart Starnes, and Kenny Starnes, all of Bethlehem; sister, Jo Cline of Jacksonville, Florida; granddaughter, Jacqueline Moose (Phillip) of Bethlehem; great-grandsons, Caleb, Lukas and Bash Moose; aunt, Florence Teague of Hickory; along with a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Friday, February 2, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethlehem, with a Memorial Service to celebrate her life following at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Dale Bost officiating. Burial of the urn will be in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mt. Bethel UMC at 9042 NC Hwy 127, Hickory, NC 28601.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.
Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.