July 24, 2014

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Ruby Baumgartner Simpson Print E-mail

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ruby Baumgartner Simpson was a perfect example of a life well lived.  Ruby was called home to be with our Lord on Friday, November 29, 2013.

Ruby was a cornerstone of not only her immediate community in the Turner Ridge area, but a vital member of the Pendleton County community as a whole and a longtime member of Falmouth Christian Church. Her sincere concern for each person she met was evident. One of the quietest pillars of strength wherever she was, she truly flourished in any environment of which she was a member.  The significant number of young lives she touched through her tireless work with the Pendleton County Homemakers’ Club; assisting wherever and however she could with countless Pendleton County Youth Fairs; assisting in and out of the classroom, kitchen and crafts associated with Bible Schools ensuring her children - all of those in the community, that is, were provided with the opportunity for spiritual growth and development, endless hours spent working with her church families being a living example of Christ and selfless love and compassion; and, her passion which was homemaking and providing a warm inviting home for everyone she knew. No one ever just walked into Ruby’s house, you were made a member of the family and welcomed home each and every time you stopped by.

That love of God, community and extended family allowed a significant number of youth especially, to be given an extra set of parents which Ruby and Earl became to many in the county over the years.  To have had no biological children of their own, the many children reared by Ruby and Earl are all the better in their lives and endeavors for having been provided such compassionate, loving examples of how a daily walk with Christ provides the foundation upon which to develop sound character and strong faith to overcome life’s hurdles.  While well into her 90s, Ruby found such joy in taking homemade candy at Thanksgiving and Christmas to the “elderly” in her community.  Those folks were all the way up in their 80s after all.

As you remember Ruby, please recall not just the beautiful cakes for weddings, baby showers, and birthdays that could not be charged for because they were friends and you just do not do that; the baskets of vegetables finding their way to neighbors because she just did not have the time to put up all those vegetables in addition to the ones already in the pantry from that summer and hoped you could make use of them; the kind smile she gave you every year when she saw you at the fair and asked how your family was (naming them all by name specifically); or that time she stopped by just for a second with a meal fit for a king when you had lost a loved one or had been ill since she wanted to make sure you did not have to bother with cooking, no, instead, please recall the heart of a queen and the spirit of one of Christ’s angels sent to earth to live among us.

A life well lived was the legacy Mrs. Ruby Simpson has provided all of us who had the incredible privilege to know and love, and more importantly be loved by one of the kindest ladies of Pendleton County.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Earl Simpson.

Surviving are sister, Wilma Hart, Taylor Mill; nephew, Gary Hart, also of Taylor Mill; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well.

The family would like to thank the selfless dedication of Wilma and Gary as they served as Ruby’s primary caregivers the last few years. Services  were officiated by People’s Funeral Home, Falmouth.

Interment took place at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

 
Evelyn Louise Miles, 80 Print E-mail

Evelyn  Louise Miles, 80, of Newport, formerly of Pendleton County, passed away at the Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport on Sunday, December 1, 2013.

Surviving are husband, Harold Miles; daughters, Jennifer Miles, Covington and Amy Miles of Indiana.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth with Bro. Jim Flaugher officiating.

Interment took place in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Pendleton County.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

 
Joanna Emery Philpot, 51 Print E-mail

JoAnna Emery Philpot, 51,  of Cynthiana, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are husband, Gary Philpot; sons, Jeremy (Laurie) Philpot, Shaun Wallin, Brandon Wallin, all of Harrison County; and daughter, Tabitha (Jason) Carr, Harrison County.

Funeral services were Monday, December 9, 2013 at Ware Funeral Home with Bro. Bradley Caudill and Bro. Albert Simmons officiating.

Interment took place Monday at Battle Grove Cemetery.

View and sign guestbook at www.warefuneralhome.com

 
Michael Howard Downie, 67 Print E-mail

Michael Howard Downie, 67, of Berlin, passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the VA Nursing Home in Ft. Thomas.

He was a US Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Surviving are, Christopher Downie, Los Gatos, Calif., Joseph Downie, Denver, Colo. and  Joshua Downie, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Woodhead Funeral Home in Falmouth is serving the family.

 
Military services held for Martin Print E-mail

American Legion Post 109 and V.F.W. Post 1978 and D.A.V. Post members held full military services for Mr. Bascon Martin at the Battle Grove Cemetery on December 2, 2013.

Mr. Martin served in the United States Army during WWII.

To Mr. Bascon Martin we honor and salute you.

To the family we offer sympathy.

American Legion Post 109 and V.F.W. Post 1978 and D.A.V. Post members present were Bruce Westbrook, Ken Wrobleski, Donald Steele, Baxter Courts, Phil Hedges, Joe Klar, Ernie Collin, Larry Fields, Bob Gulick, Omer Bentle, Jim Morton, Richand Colvin and Ronnie Bay.

Taps was played by Baxter Courts.

Another veteran was laid to rest.

 
Military services held for LaFollette Print E-mail

American Legion Post 109 and V.F.W. Post 1978 and D.A.V. Post members held full military services for Mr. Robert "Bob" Allen LaFollette at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery on November 20, 2013.

Mr. Robert "Bob" Allen LaFollette served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

To Mr. Robert "Bob" Allen LaFollette we honor and salute you.

To the family we offer sympathy.

American Legion Post 109 and V.F.W. Post 1978 and D.A.V. Post members present were Bruce Westbrook, Donald Steele, Jim Sharp, Charles Biddle, Bob Gulick, James Haley, Jim Morton, Joe Klar, Don Wells, Ronnie Bay, Omer Bentle, Richard Colvin, Dennis Connor, Kenny Jones, Jim Kilgover, Roe Jenenes and Nick Errico.

Taps was played by Jim Sharp.

Another veteran was laid to rest.

 
Military services held for McDonald Print E-mail

American Legion Post 109 and V.F.W. Post 1978 and D.A.V. Post members held full military services for Mr. Donald McDonald at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

Mr. Donald McDonald served in the United States Navy.

To Mr. Donald McDonald we honor and salute you.

To the family we offer sympathy.

American Legion Post 109 and V.F.W. Post 1978 and D.A.V. Post members present were Bruce Westbrook, Donald Steele, Baxter Courts, Phil Hedges, Joe Klar, Ernie Collin, Larry Fields, Bob Gulick, Ronnie Bay, Omer Bentle, James Haley, Richard Colvin, Sam Hodge, Nick Errico, Hernry Bertram, Leva Kidd and Owen Collins.    
Taps was played by Sam Hodge.

Another veteran was laid to rest.

 
Military services held for Wolfe Print E-mail

American Legion Post 109 and V.F.W. Post 1978 and D.A.V. Post members held full military services for Mr. Ray Francis Wolfe at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery on November 19, 2013.

Mr. Ray Francis Wolfe served in the United States Army.

To Mr. Ray Francis Wolfe we honor and salute you.

To the family we offer sympathy.

American Legion Post 109 and V.F.W. Post 1978 and D.A.V. Post members present were Bruce Westbrook, Ken Wrobleski, Donald Steele, Jim Sharp, Charles Biddle, Baxter Courts, Larry Fields, Bob Gulick, James Haley, Jim Morton, Ernie Collin, Joe Klar, Don Wells, Ronnie Bay, Omer Bentle, Richard Colvin, Larry Grayson and Nick Errico.

Taps was played by Jim Sharp.

Another veteran was laid to rest.

 
Stacy Slonaker Florence, 26 Print E-mail

Stacy Slonaker Florence, 26, of Falmouth passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

She was born in Wellsboro, Pa. on April 23, 1987 to Jim Slonaker and Della Grant. Stacy was owner of Candy Drop Photography, published six photography magazines, enjoyed writing and making quilts and she also worked at US Bank in Verona.

Preceding her in death was grandmother, Lonie Grant.

Surviving are parents, Jim (Lisa) Slonaker, Burgin, Ky. and Della Grant, DeMossville; husband, Cory Florence, Falmouth; grandfather, William Grant, DeMossville; sister, Tammy (Lee) Killion, Crittenden; her special cat and best friend, Karma; nephews, Michael and Dwight Killion, Crittenden; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Peoples Funeral Home, Butler.

Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery, Falmouth.

Memorials if desired are suggested to: Mental Health Association of NKY, P.O. Box 122604, Covington, KY 41012-2604 or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 424 E. 92nd Street, New York, NY, 10128-6804.

 
Arnold Ray Moreland, 77 Print E-mail

Arnold Ray Moreland, 77, of Phenix City, Ala. passed away November 29, 201 at his home.

He was born on October 28, 1936, in Butler to Esther Moreland and the late Charles Verne Moreland and a graduate of Butler High School, class of 1955. Mr. Moreland was a loving husband and father that also loved the Lord, serving as a Methodist Lay minister for several years and also enjoyed his years as a truck driver logging over two million miles.

Surviving are mother, Esther Moreland of Butler; his wife of 46 years, Carolyn Moreland, Phenix City; children, April Trawick, Union, Ky., Marty (Norma) Moreland, Butler, Mike Moreland, Butler, Mel (Anna) Moreland, Sharpsburg, Ga., Chuck (Heidi) Moreland, Atlanta, Ga., Carol (James II) Givens, Salem, Ala. and Matt Moreland, Baton Rouge, La.; sister, Elsie (Kenny) Ice, Butler; grandchildren, Christian, Bridget, Brandi, Adrienne, John, Priscilla, Ashley, Jamie, Alex, Mary, Rachel and Bella;  great-grandchildren, Katie, Thomas, Talon, Riley and Easton; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Butler.

 
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