Ella Ruth ArchieDecember 9, 1922 ~ September 20, 2017 (age 94)
Ella Ruth Archie was born on December 9, 1922 in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Affectionately called “Grandma Ruth” by many, she exchanged this earthly existence for her Heavenly residence in the early morning of September 20, 2017, after a tenacious battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ella Ruth came to Winston-Salem and was educated in the public schools. She met and married Charles G. Archie, Jr., her husband of 55 years. She is the grand matriarch of a family branching from their nine children and numerous grandchildren. Her homes on Kimberly Road and Glenn Avenue were usually the hub of the neighborhood for children to play, and adults to fellowship.
Ella Ruth was a meticulous homemaker, expert cook, caregiver, artist and fashion plate. She frequently painted and crafted ceramics in the little house in her backyard, and could often be found amongst friends and family in the swing on the front porch. She offered pearls of wisdom to everyone in her presence, serving “Use your common sense” and “Watch and pray” along with which ever delicious snack she had whipped up for your visit.
Ella Ruth was a faithful and long-time member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. She was charitable and generous, opening her home and heart to many who crossed her path. She loved to travel and enjoyed social gatherings. Her physical presence will be sorely missed, but the memories and experiences she created for us will endure.
Ella Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Charles G. Archie, Jr.; mother, Lena Burnette; adoptive mother, Ella Hadley Tooley; son, Richard Archie; and daughter, Rev. Conita A. Hunt. Ella Ruth leaves to cultivate her legacy her children Edwin (Reba) Archie, Carolyn A. Archie, Velma (Herrell) Fields, Marvis (Odell) Johnson, Floyd Bernard (Amanda) Archie, Elvita A. (Rev. Dr. James) Hunt, and Charles (Teresa) Archie,III; two brothers, Robert Lewis (Daisy) Denny and Harold Denny, a village of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated workers of Senior Services, The Danby House, and Trinity Elms for their loving care of Ella Ruth. In lieu of flowers, the family would cherish contributions in her name to Senior Services, Inc., your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, or any charity dedicated to helping seniors enjoy a better quality of life. Memories can be viewed and shared on www.forevermissed.com/ella-ruth-archie.