Ruby Fender Walker, 88, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, while surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in McDowell County Sept. 9, 1930, to the late Rev. Grady and Sadie Fender. Ruby was full of life, and loved her family and friends with everything in her. She was also a member of Greenlee Baptist Church, but most of all was a true child of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Harley Walker; and daughter, Betty Ann Walker Robinson.

Ruby leaves behind a son-in-law, Rick Robinson and wife, Cathy, of Valdese, their children, Scott Robinson and wife, Sherry, of Valdese, and Brent Robinson and wife, Dee, of Lake Norman; daughter, Janice Walker Painter and long-time family friend, David Ditt, and her children, Chris Painter and wife, Alisha, of Marion, and Amanda Painter Robertson and husband, Robby, of Jonesborough, Tenn.; daughter, Vickey Walker Justice and husband, Gary, of Marion, and their children, John T. Justice and wife, K.T., of Sasebo, Japan, and Jeana Justice and fiancé, Greg Buchanan, of Marion; two sisters, Ruth Fender Lavender of Old Fort, and Mary Fender Reel and husband, Earl, of Marion; a number of great-grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends and family Saturday, Dec. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home of Marion. A funeral service will be held in the Chapel at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Coy Jeans officiating. Burial will be held privately at a later date.

Because of the compassionate care that Ruby and her family received, the family asks that memorials be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at

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