Ruth Burnette Marley, 84, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019 at FirstHealth Hospice House, surrounded by her family.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Tabernacle United Methodist Church Cemetery, with Reverend David Beck officiating.  The family invites you to dress casual for all services.

Ruth was a native of Virginia, but lived most of her life in North Carolina. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother.  Ruth believed in the value of work; in her home, in textiles and was an accomplished seamstress for many years. She enjoyed all kinds of craft work,  like crocketting, knitting and quilting. Ruth was proud of all her family and time spent with them was very important, especially with the grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.  She cared for her family and her home. Ruth was a daughter of the late William and Bertie Morgan Burnette and was preceded in death by husband: Robert Nathaniel Marley.

Ruth is survived by children: Robert “Bob” Marley, Jr., Clifton “Frank” Marley and wife Jan, Jenean Garner and husband Keith, Marnita Brower and husband Greg;  grandchildren: Jamie Brady, Erica Thompson, Stephen Marley, Victoria Boyd, Clifton Franklin Marley, III, Zachary Garner, Jacob Garner, Ashley King, Bethany Brower; 11 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Kennedy Funeral Home, Robbins, NC.

In lieu of flowers or food memorials may be made to FirstHealth Hospice, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC.

Kennedy Funeral Home is assisting the Marley family.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. I have known her and her family all my life and will be remembering you all in thoughts and prayers.

  2. Dear Marley Family – I am so sorry for your loss! My mother thought a lot of Ruth and they were good friends. My prayers are for God’s comfort at this time.

  3. Heaven has- welcomed a beautiful lady. Cherish the memories.- You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.

  4. prayers and love to a very special lady and her entire family. Rest In Peace Ruth, your work here is done. Prayers for all her family and friends that will miss her greatly. Fly high angel

  5. Dear Marley family, we are so sorry for your loss. We love your family and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love and prayers, Teresa Stewart- and Steve Stewart

  6. Marley Family praying for you in the day’s ahead. Ruth was a strong and hard working woman She has always been-  caring and good to Larry as his Aunt. Ruth was someone i could talk with and we enjoyed visiting her home. Cherish your precious memories of y

  7. So sorry to hear of Mrs. Marley’s passing. She was well thought of and loved by so many. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.- 
    Becky Brewer, Brian Brewer,- 
    and Lori Brewer Johnson

  8. I am so sorry to hear of Ruth’s Passing, God needed a Angel! We were good friends and I missed her when I moved back to PA. I have been calling her cellphone, did not know she was in hospice. Please give me a call when you have time. I will miss her dearl

  9. With Heart-Felt Sympathy & Prayers for all the family. So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. May God hold each of you especially close through this difficult time.
    ‘As long as we live and remember, our loved ones live within our hearts.’

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