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Iris Rose Ruffing

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 29, 2008 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | 3 Comments

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Iris Rose Gibson Ruffing 1919-2008 of Fearington Village, NC, and Magnolia Glen of Raleigh died on February 29 at Hillcrest Convalescent Center. Iris Rose, daughter of Callie Dunlap Gibson and A. Lee Gibson, had survived both of her brothers, Jack Gibson and Adam Pete Gibson and was the widow of John Thomas Ruffing 1918-1963.
Iris Rose was a long-time resident of High Point and later Greensboro. An alumna of Meredith College and a graduate of Appalachian State Teachers College, Mrs. Ruffing had a distinguished career with the Girl Scouts, beginning as a field service coordinator in New Orleans, working later in Miami, and advancing to the position of Executive Director of the Regional Girl Scout Council headquartered in Greensboro. Through a move to the Chicago area, she became Executive Director of a Girl Scout Council covering 18 communities—a leadership role she held for 18 years.
Following retirement, she continued her active service with non-profit organizations by joining the Executive Service Corps of Chicago as a volunteer consultant. After returning to her native North Carolina and settling in Chapel Hill, she joined the Executive Service Corps of the Greater Triangle, serving in a range of volunteer leadership positions for 16 years. As one of the first women involved in the Triangle’s ESC, she promoted the organization’s commitment to non-profit groups. Throughout her career, building upon and extending her commitment to the Girls Scouts, she remained a strong advocate of the interests of women and girls.
Mrs. Ruffing is survived by her two daughters, Patricia Ruffing Killian of Gainesville, Fla., and Sarah Ruffing Robbins of Kennesaw, GA; two sons-in-law, John Killian and John Robbins; and four granddaughters, Cindy Gillikin of Miami and Kathleen Killian of Gainesville; Margaret Robbins of Vinings, GA, and Patty Robbins a UNC graduate currently residing in New York City.
A memorial service honoring the life and achievements of Mrs. Ruffing will be held on Tuesday, March 4, at the Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, at 2:00 p.m. After the service, the family will receive guests in the church’s social hall. Mrs. Ruffing will be buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Greensboro alongside other beloved family members her husband, brother, and parents.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Iris Rose Ruffing Scholarship Fund, established by the Executive Service Corps of the North Carolina Triangle in her honor. This scholarship will provide funding to non-profit organizations that primarily serve women and girls. For information, contact ESC Box 3669, Durham, NC, 27710 at 919-681-3536.


Condolences for the family of “Iris Rose Ruffing”

Condolence from Debbie Forrest O’Connor on March 2nd, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Pat and Sarah,
It was with great sorrow that I read about your mother’s passing. I have many fond childhood memories of you two and your mother. I admired her for her great persistence and determination in life. She was a wonderful woman with a giving spirit. God bless you. My prayers are with you and your mother.

Debbie Forrest O’Connor

Condolence from Jackie Hammer Royster on March 8th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Pat and Sarah, I was so sorry to hear about your mother from Debbie. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. I always loved your mother. I know you must be so proud of her accomplishments, leadership, and devotion to Girl Scouting. I never eat a Girl Scout cookie without thinking of you, Pat, and your mom. I know your mother will be missed by many. I share in your grief and send you both my love. Love, Jackie

Condolence from Kathy Payne Eubank on May 5th, 2016 2:58 am

Hello to Sarah and Patricia. I never knew your mother in person, but during World War II she wrote to my father several times. Most of the time she lived in New Orleans, LA. The letters cover the years of 1942 to 1944. I would like to write with each of you. I also have a picture, but I don’t know if it is your mother or not. I had found her yearbook picture, but it doesn’t look much like this picture. Please contact me. My email address is below. My dad’s name was William Mosby Payne. He passed away in Jan 2009 at the age of 95.

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