Ruth Brown Freeman Trainer King’s journey through life reached its final destination the morning of Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Born near Maxwelton, WV, on February 9, 1914, she achieved her goal and the grand status of having celebrated her 100th birthday.
Ruth spent most of her working life as the dining room hostess and later dietician for the Greenbrier College for Women in Lewisburg, WV.
From her apartment window, she often looked at the college campus and reminisced of her time and the many friend, coworkers, and students who kept in touch over the years.
Ruth is survived by her sister, Anna F. Wilkinson of Lewisburg; stepdaughters, Diane Layden of LeGrange, IL, Edwina Loshkreff of Colonial Heights, VA, and Sarah Bailey of Lewisburg; nieces, Carol Mankins, Judy Kirk, Kaye Rodgers, Ruth McClung, and Terry Baker; nephews, Bill Freeman, David Freeman, John Wilkinson, and Stephen Freeman; and special caregiver, Karen Elmore.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husbands, Ralph Trainer and Edwin King; her sister, Edna Montgomery; brothers, William, Alex, and James; stepson, Gerry Trainer; and her niece, Joy Martin.
Ruth so enjoyed her years helping students, that her family is establishing a scholarship supporting students studying restaurant/food service management at the Greenbrier Valley Campus of New River Community and Technical College, the educational institution occupying the former campus of the Greenbrier College for Women.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ruth King Scholarship Fund. Donations will be managed by the New River Community and Technical College and may be sent to New River Community and Technical College, 167 Dye Drive, Beckley, WV 25801. Please, note in the memo line of the check, Ruth King Scholarship, so the funds will be accurately recorded.
Friends will meet at 10 AM on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Greenbrier Memorial Gardens, followed by the funeral at 11 AM in the mausoleum with the Rev. Janet Johnson officiating.
McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the June 17, 2014 edition of the West Virginia Daily News.