Ruby Jean Adkins Garrett, 77 of Oak Hill, WV, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, 02/29/2020. She
was born on 06/18/42 and was preceded in death by her parents Effie Merle (Egnor) Adkins and Peter
Marshall Adkins. She was the last surviving sibling being preceded in death by her sister, Mildred
(Adkins) Tincher and her 6 brothers: Harry Adkins, Kenneth Adkins, Ralph (Miami) Adkins, Clifford
Adkins, Charles Adkins, and Emory (Bill) Adkins.
Ruby was a high school graduate of Collins High School Class of 1960 where she was in the marching
band. She was very active with her school alumni and was in charge of organizing reunions for her class.
Shortly after high school, she was employed with the Government in Washington, D.C. After relocating
to California and then Florida where she started nursing school, Ruby received her Master’s degree from
WVIT. She worked at the VA Hospital in Beckley, WV and retired from Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill,
WV. She was always quick to help with medical advice and come to those in need. She was the Camp
Nurse and the Church of God’s Camp Caesar for many years where she kept the kids healthy and made
life-long friends across the state.
Ruby was an active member of Jones Avenue Church of God where she served as secretary of the
Cristian Women’s Connection (CWC) for many years and helped with the youth group. She attended this
church with her mother, Effie since she was a little girl. Singing hymns and watching christian programs
on tv were her favorite past-times. She was also an avid dog lover that liked to participate in Greyhound
Rescue events. Ruby always had a smile on her face and never met a stranger.
She is survived by her loving husband of 30 1⁄2 years, Robert Luther Garrett: Her two daughters, Terria
Dawn Catherman of Charlotte, NC and Kathleen L. (Casey) "Robin Lynn Adkins" Shapiro (Mark Shapiro) of Lovettesville, VA. Four
stepchildren: Vicki Keston, Karla Hahn, Jodi Garrett and Randy Garrett and numerous nieces, nephews,
grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, Ruby would like donations made to a favorite charity of your choosing. Some of her
favorites were The American Diabetes Association, The Heart & Lung Association, and the Humane
The memorial service will be held at the Jones Avenue Church of God in Oak Hill, WV on Saturday,
03/14/20 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive visitors starting at 1:00 pm.
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