Ruth Ann McKee, 66, Hendersonville, N.C., passed away very suddenly at St. Joseph Hospital in Asheville, N.C., on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.
Ruth Ann inspired those around her to make the most of their disabilities and not dwell on their personal disabilities or problems.
During her life, she had to deal with many problems, including polio at age 14, and more recently, her battle with cancer for the last 14 years.
Ruth Ann was born to the late Grant Parmer Schell and Lucy Sherer Schell on March 22, 1942, in Terre Haute.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Howell, Mich., and also a member of the Western Carolina Quilt Guild, the Tar Heel Piecemakers, the Asheville Quilt Guild and the Howell Melon Patchers of Howell, Mich.
She was an avid quilter, who gave many quilts to family members as gifts and donated many to various charities over the years.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Fred McKee, daughters Susan Maj and husband Tony, Hendersonville, N.C., Jennifer Grekin and husband Joseph, Farmington, Mich., and Heather McKee, Berkley, Mich., grandchildren Mia, Bianca, Sofia and Anthony Maj, all of Hendersonville, N.C., and Lily Grekin-McKee, Farmington, Mich., sister Alice Velton and husband Bill, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., brothers Larry Schell and wife Yvonne, Kingsville, Texas, Jimmie Schell and wife Rita, Riley, Ind., and Lloyd Schell and wife Laura, Quincy, Fla.
Funeral services will take place at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Clay City. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Clay City. Visitation is from 1-3 p.m., Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park Bldg. 1, Asheville, N.C., 28801.
Visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.