Ruth Kirkman Elrod
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Ruth Kirkman Elrod
  • June 24, 1917 - October 21, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Ruth Kirkman Elrod of Raleigh passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family's love, on October 21st at Transition's Hospice Home in Raleigh, NC. She was born on June 24, 1917 in a log cabin in Greensboro, NC and became a loving wife, Mother and Nana. Her happiest times were when she was surrounded by her family and friends. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Brookdale North with 280 friends and family; she lived there as a happy, active and independent resident.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Chloe Kirkman; husband, Charles W. Elrod; daughter, Grace Elrod Murray; great grandson, Thomas Alan Brantley; and 4 brothers and sisters.

Surviving daughters are Barbara Johnston and husband, Robert of Williamsburg, VA, Sharleen Smith and husband, Shannon of Hickory, NC, Nancy Britt and husband, Tommy of Raleigh; son-in-law, Mac Murray and wife, Suzanne of Holly Ridge, NC; nine loving grandchildren, Ginger Mullins and husband James, Chuck Murray and wife Lynn, Amanda D. Britt, Kim Schearer and husband Chris, Rob Johnston and wife Ginger, Chris Johnston, Charlie Britt and wife Amanda, Jim Smith and wife Julie, Jonathan Britt and Sara Holiday; 10 adorable great grandchildren, Brandi Brantley, Elizabeth Johnston, Russell Murray, Gracie Murray, Michael Johnston, Abby Smith, Madison Britt, Ella Smith, Cooper Schearer, and Lara Smith; 2 great great grandsons, Jaxson Trevino and Abel Trevino; and many nieces and nephews.

Her graveside funeral will be at Raleigh Memorial Park on Saturday, November 4th at 11:30am. Her celebration of life service will be at Brookdale North on November 4th at 2:00pm.

The family would like to thank Brookdale North's staff, friends and her "rock" John Brown for her last 16 happy years, the professional staff at Rex Hospital, especially the Palliative Care Team and Transitions Hospice Home for such amazing care and support.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to Transitions Life Care, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, www.transitionslifecare.org.