Ruby Stanley Bartholow

September 7, 1922 - March 31, 2013
Ruby Stanley Bartholow


Ruby Stanley Bartholow, 90, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at her home early Easter morning, Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Mrs. Bartholow was born September 7, 1922, on her family’s farm in Ash, NC. She was the daughter of the late John Worth Stanley and Mary Tency Stanley.

Ruby was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend. She was very proud of her family and loved each and every one of them dearly. If anyone she knew was ever in need, she would be there for them, if she could, to help them out. Ruby enjoyed gardening, water aerobics, sewing, and cooking. She was very active in her church and loved her friends who would come by for a visit or to sing to her. She sought comfort in her Daily Affirmations and her Bible, and felt called to do God’s will on this earth. Ruby was small in stature, great in heart, and one who leaves many happy memories for each of us to cherish.

Ruby was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Sidney Donivan Bartholow, Sr., a daughter, Rose Ann King, and a son, Stanley Wayne Bartholow.

Survivors include one son, Sidney Donivan Bartholow, Jr. of San Luis Obispo, CA; a brother, Newman Stanley of Jacksonville, FL; a sister, Crystal Meares of Wilmington, NC; seven grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be conducted 11 AM, Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

A private burial will be held 2 PM, Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the John B. Gause Cemetery in Ash, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gateway Church, 4815 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC, or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC.

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  • November 22, 2013
    Daniel Combs says:
    I was greatly saddened to learn of Mrs. Bartholows passing . She was such a kind loving lady. She baby sat me many times during my childhood. Her son Stanley was my closest friend during those years. They were a wonderful family. I'll always remember them in my thoughts and prayers. God bless them all. Daniel

  • April 07, 2013
    Hella Heatherton says:
    Dear Crystal, Newman, Deborah and Tami, My deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved sister and grandmother. Ruby had a long and wonderful life and I know she was looking forward to Heaven.

  • March 31, 2013
    Maritsa Hartlove says:
    Ruby was a sweet and wonderful person.She always had a smile and a kind word to say to everyone she met. She always cheered me up and helped me to look for the best in people. I loved her dearly and will miss her so much. I know Ruby is in a better place with her loved ones. She made the world a better place each and every day. Ruby you will be missed.

  • April 02, 2013
    Debbie Capps says:
    Dear Family, It has probably been about 18 years since I last saw Ruby, but there is no way I could forget her. She was a dedicated Christian lady who loved God, her family and fellow man. I remember that she was always eager to volunteer at Freedom Baptist, to help in any way she could. I also remember that many a time she would bring her grandchildren to Vacation Bible School and church. That was very important to her... and that impressed me as a very young mother. I have grown children, and a grandchild of my own now, and I have not forgotten how her life was a living testimony of what Christ does in someone's life if we will only let Him. Thank you, Ms. Ruby for the beautiful smile you always had on your face, and for showing those around you how Christ wants us to act. If we know Christ, we will see Ruby again in Heaven.

  • April 02, 2013
    Pam Wade says:
    As Ruby's water aerobic instructor at the YMCA, she was such a joy to have in my class and will be missed dearly. She was always cheerful and upbeat, and I loved getting to know her. We would share stories in the hot tub after class, and I loved listening to her. I was so sorry to hear of her passing but know she is in good hands now. God bless her and her family. Love you Ruby!