WEAVERVILLE– Ruth T. Barkman, 96, passed away on September 17th, 2018, at the Brian Center in Weaverville, North Carolina.
She was born April 4th, 1922, in Garrett County, Maryland and was the fifth of six children. She grew up on the Teets family farm and moved to Baltimore after graduating from high school. There she met her husband, Conrad Barkman, whom she married in 1942. Most of her life was spent in Charlotte, North Carolina. She moved to Weaverville in 2010 to be near her daughter, Glendine and son-in-law, Richard Smith, MD.
She is survived by her daughter, Glendine B. Smith and her husband, Richard L. Smith, MD. Also surviving are four grandchildren, all of their children, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service for Ruth at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018 at West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville.
The family will greet friends following the service.
West Funeral Home
Saturday October 6th, 2018
17 Merrimon Avenue
Weaverville, NC 28787
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Submitted by Bob Strong on Sep 27 2018 12:34:30 PM
Many of my summer memories from childhood through college involved either going to visit Aunt Ruth and Uncle Conrad, or their visits to my parents. My father adored his "little sister". Aunt Ruth always said she was "not so little."
At my parent's 25th wedding anniversary party, Aunt Ruth approached my Aunt Vera, and said, "You must be Violet's sister. I'm Art's brother." That really broke the ice between both sides of the family.
I loved spending time with her. She was so full of information about my father's family, and stories about growing up on the family farm on the Maryland/West Virginia border. She was the first person in her family to graduate from high school, even though it meant leaving the farm, and "boarding" in a near-by town in West Virginia.
Although I have not been able to see her as often as I would have liked in many years, due to my husband's military career, then involvement in our daughter's activities, I will miss her very much.
Submitted by Louise (Teets) Golden on Sep 21 2018 12:44:52 PM
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