Ruth Nance Everhart



Ruth Nance Everhart (84) of Lillington, NC, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, following a long and fiercely fought battle with cancer. She was cared for at home by the love of her life, her husband of 69 years, Joe D. Everhart, and family members. She died the way she lived her life, with grace and dignity and love for all those she touched on her life journey.

Ruth was a Christmas baby, born in Silver Valley, NC, on December 25, 1932, to Grover Cleveland Nance and Kate Gobble Nance. Truly school sweethearts, she met Joe, her school bus driver, and they were married on August 7, 1948. Together, Joe and Ruth built a loving and supportive home for a family with four children. She was a stay-at-home mother who supported her husband’s business as a salesman. She was remarkably involved with her children, being a room mother at school, a member of the PTA, a Cub Scout Den Mother, and a “dance mom,” among other things. She was also the homework monitor, ensuring that school assignments were completed and submitted. Chores for the children, including preparations for their Dad’s next-day sales routes, yard work, and vegetable gardening, were always a top priority, as was sufficient time to play with friends. The pantry and freezer were always filled from the ample garden that Joe planted each year. Among many other delicious recipes, we will never forget her School Girl pickles - always a treat.

Ruth was an avid gardener. Her yard was filled with a beautiful variety of rose bushes. Most of the time they were empty of blooms because she kept them cut and gave them away all over the community. They graced the church altar on many special occasions.

She was a Certified Emergency Medical Technician and Red Cross volunteer on the Blood Mobile. A great joy in her life was providing childcare for working parents. Over the years, 33 kids from infants into their elementary school years became part of her extended family. She loved and cared for each child as though they were her very own.

Ruth’s life revolved around her Christian faith. Accordingly, she was heavily involved in her church where she worked on and led numerous committees, taught Sunday school and Bible school, worked with youth groups, performed with the handbell ensemble, was a member of the Women’s Circle, and cooked and baked for numerous meals. She was a life-long choir member, retiring only when her illness made participation impossible.

In addition to her husband she is survived by sons Joel L. Everhart and wife Kathy of Lake Gaston, Rex M. Everhart and wife Carol of Clayton, Anthony (Tony) W. Everhart and wife Sandra of Joelton, TN, and daughter Angela Everhart Andrews and husband Lynn of Harrisburg. She has 8 grandchildren: Jessica Everhart Denny (Brian), Brooke Everhart Chehoski (Jason), Miranda Everhart Evenson (G.J.), Moriah Everhart Blount (Chris), Kasey Everhart Kitchen (Austin), Blaine Andrews (Sydni), Aubrey Andrews Troutman (David), and Ashton Andrews (Christopher Allman). She adored her 12 great-grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, and one sister. She has two surviving siblings: Samuel Nance of Rockingham and Rebecca (Beckie) Jolly Moore (née Nance) of Lillington.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Sherry, Autumn, Amber, Keisha, and many others at Liberty Hospice, as well as Kayla of Senior Helpers. This team provided exceptional care to our loved one and she loved them dearly. Also of great comfort has been her neighbors, friends, and church family at Lillington United Methodist Church.

Giving of herself to the end, Ruth has donated her body to science. Visitation with the family will be at the Lillington United Methodist Church in the education building Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 2:00 pm in the sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts be made in memory of Ruth Nance Everhart to Lillington United Methodist Church, 1201 S. Main St., P.O. Box 506, Lillington, NC 27546.