Mrs. Ruth Carol Straka, 82, of Woodlake Country Club died Sunday, May 20, 2012 at her home.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26th at Community Congregational Church.
The family will be receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Powell Funeral in Southern Pines.
Born August 3, 1929 in Cumberland County, she was a daughter of the late Lauchlin David and Mary Christian Guin and wife of the late James Robert Straka.
Ruth was a graduate of Southern Pines High School where she was a cheerleader and basketball player, was a Director of Mental Health for four counties in the State of North Carolina, a member of Community Congregational Church, an avid golfer, and enjoyed playing bridge with her special team of Jeaninne, Susie, and Ronnie.
She is survived by a son, Michael R. Straka and wife, Sharon of Fort Worth, TX, a sister, Barbara Motsinger and husband, Fuller of Southern Pines, a brother, Philip Guin of Pompano Beach, FL, a brother-in-law, George R. Straka, III of High Point, a sister-in-law, Dorothy Cochrane of Pompton Lakes, NJ, three grandchildren, Christy Straka of Wilmington, Kerry Jones and husband Rob of Leland, and Christopher Collins and wife Kelly of Claudville, VA,
three great grandchildren, Wyatt and Lydia Jones, and Ashton Collins, one niece, Layne Straka, three nephews, George R. Straka, IV, David and Stuart Motsinger.
Memorials may be made to Community Congregational Church, 141 N. Bennett St., Southern Pines, NC 28387

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  1. Matt and I appreciated the many gifts of love Ruth shared with my parents over the years. She leaves behind a strong legacy of advocacy and leadership in the field of Mental Health within North Carolina. Our sympathy is with you.
    Jo and Matt Elmore

  2. Mike,
    Even though I did not know your mother personally, I do feel like I knew alot about her through our conversations. I am sorry for your loss. One comforting thing is that you have lots of great memories. Nothing I say can take away the pain but

  3. To All Ruth’s Family, especially Christie who I met over the bridge table at Ruth’s,
    Ruth was my favorite golf partner over the years. We had great fun and also won a few tournaments together.
    Besides her golfing and bridge abilities , she was a

  4. I never saw Ruth that she didn’t have a smile on her face. Didn’t matter if she was walking, playing golf or in town getting groceries…..she always had a smile and kind word for everyone. She was sunshine at Woodlake and will be greatly missed by so man

  5. Dear Christy and all the family,
    It was a privelege to know Ruth, a real southern lady. Laughter is what I will rmember the most. Whether at the bridge table, the golf course or anywhere, she brought cheer. I will miss her very much. Dee Kirschke

  6. To Ruth’s family and friends,
    A real lady, who knew how to live, play, laugh and,
    indeed, was among the very best leaders in community mental health in NC and especially ENC.I liked her enthusiasm. I just learned of her death from a dear mutual

  7. To Ruth’s family and friends,
    We had the pleasure to be Ruth’s neighbors for 3 years. She was a woman that loved life, was like clock work, always had a smile on her face and a friendly word for you.Very much opinionated about politics!:-) I admired

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