Ruthie Batten Lee Gay
Ruthie Batten Lee Gay
  • February 20, 1932 - February 16, 2017
  • North Carolina

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.Ruthie Batten Lee Gay, 84, transitioned peacefully to Heaven on February 16, 2017. She was surrounded by all of her children and many of her loved ones whose lives she touched in remarkable ways. Ruthie was born in Johnston County, NC, to Alec Batten and Myrtle Batten Anderson (deceased), on February 20, 1932. She lived in Durham for a number of years prior to making her home in Greensboro in 1976 to accept a job with Fireman's Fund Insurance Company. Ruthie was the matriarch of our family and surrounded each of us with her unconditional love.

Ruthie retired in the late 80's after a rewarding career that included frequent travel throughout the U.S. and using her company's first main frame computer to calculate insurance rates. Until recent weeks, she remained active with her family and friends, swimming, going out with friends and caring for grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and pets whenever asked. For 18 years she lived with, and was cared for, by her eldest daughter Gwen and her husband, Rick Wilson.

Whether on the phone or in person, we were always greeted with "How are you?" and the conversation ended with "I love you very very much". She was an incredibly strong woman who always put the needs of others before her own. A marvelous cook, she often made her famous fried chicken upon request, even though it was not her favorite dish.

In addition to her parents, Ruthie was predeceased by her cherished son Wallace Lee, her beloved brother Jim Batten, sister Louise Nichols, husband Walter Lee, and former husband Roy Gay.

Ruthie is survived by six of her children: Al Gay of Lewisville, Gwen and Rick Wilson of Greensboro, daughter-in-law Vickie Lee of Garner, Steve and Barb Lee of Lewisville, Paula and Anne Gay of Selma, Matt and Tom Cloyes of Hagerstown, MD, and Rob and Michelle Gay of Greensboro. Also surviving are Ann Mizell of Durham, her adored baby sister, and sister-in-law Jeane Batten of Greensboro. Ruthie was blessed with twenty grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and lots of feline and canine fur babies. She greatly loved her family and humbly received all the love we showered on her in return. Ruthie will always be in our hearts.

A Celebration of Life service, officiated by Rev. Mark Brainerd, will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member, on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 2:00pm. Flowers are welcome as she loved them so. Online condolences may be made at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm chapel is assisting the family.