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Ruth Mae Durham, daughter of Millie and Leroy Durham, was born in York, South Carolina on October 14, 1932 and transitioned to her eternal home on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  Ruth was the oldest of nine children, she was a mother to her younger brothers and sisters. 

Hard work was her strongest trait and Ruth instilled that concept into her children. Although she only finished the 8th grade, she valued education. More importantly, her children finished many school years with perfect attendance! 

Ruth loved maintaining a clean house and cooking for her family and friends.  She retired as a housekeeper from Gaston Memorial Hospital. Her fellow co-workers remember her for the delicious cakes she used to bake when they had celebrations. 

She is preceded in death by her Mother, Mildred Durham Eaves, her son: Donnie Hall Brown, and her brother: David Eugene Durham.

Ruth leaves to cherish her memory five children, Dr. Eldrenna R. Durham of Belmont, NC, Mildred D. Howard (Darwin), Harriet D. Goode (Demetrius), Christopher B. Durham (Lisa), and Angela O'Neal Durham (fiancé Willie).  She is also survived by one brother, James Lee Durham of New York City, six sisters:  Mary Ann Friday from Long Branch, New Jersey, Elizabeth Sharpe, Doretha Shanks, Helen Long, Dorothy Faye Williams, and Patricia Durham all of Gastonia, North Carolina, eighteen grandchildren, forty-five great grandchildren and nine  great great grandchildren who will miss her dearly and a host of other relatives and friends.  Tyashia Sims, and Charles Kevin Durham spent a lot of time with Our Mother. Their heartfelt graciousness and support will always be remembered.  

Funeral: Saturday; February 24, 2018; 2:00 p.m.; Emmanuel Baptist Church-911 N. Highland Street, Gastonia

Visitation: one hour before the service at the church

Interment: Armstrong Cemetery, Gastonia

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gregory Funeral Service
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018
    To the family extending my deepest sympathy and prayers during this difficult time.
    ~ Cynthia Simpson   Gastonia, NC
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018
    I send my deepest condolences to the Durham Family.
    ~ Patti Erwin   Gastonia, NC
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018
    Praying for our family I am the daughter of Mary (Mae Jane McCrorey) Williams (Nancy Key) grandDaughter.
    ~ Vera Williams   Rock Hill, SC