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Ruth Fields Altare

Obituary - March 20, 2012

Ruth Fields Altare, age 87, of Alderson, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, following a short illness.

Born October 6, 1924 in Alderson, she was the daughter of the late William Edgar and Lillie Lee Taylor Fields. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Richard "Dick" Altare; two brothers, Lawrence Edgar Fields and Lonnie Mason Fields; and two sisters, Mamie Lee Fields and Mabel Ann Smith.

Mrs. Altare was a food supervisor and correctional officer, retiring from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Alderson, retiring after 15 1/2 years of service. She also worked as a sales clerk at the former Mick or Mack Store and the Peg and Peck Store in Alderson. Mrs. Altare was a 1944 graduate of Alderson High School. She was a member of the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, Alderson, where she was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class, served on the Official Board of the Church, was a deaconess, and served as chairperson of the Hospitality Committee, greeting Church members and visitors every Sunday morning for many years. She was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and was a member of many civic organizations and participated in numerous fundraising drives in the community of Alderson over the years.

Survivors include a son, George Richard "Rick" Altare of Harrisonburg, Va.; a daughter, Mary Ruth Patton and her husband, Larry, of Organ Cave, W.Va.; a brother, Howard William Fields of Alderson; two sisters, Rachel Virginia Rookstool of Navarre, Fla., and Dolly Lee Palmer of Milton, Fla.; three grandchildren, Craig Richard Altare and his wife, Heather, of Sacramento, Calif., David Arthur Altare of Sacramento, Calif., and Jessica Lynn Ranson and her husband, Matt, of Charleston, W.Va.; two great-grandchildren, Parker and Presley Ranson of Charleston, W.Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 23, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, with the Rev. Dr. Bill Bryan and the Rev. Roger Adams officiating. Burial will follow at the Old Greenbrier Memorial Cemetery, Alderson.

Friends may call Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bob Holliday, Rick Simms, David Harris, Rick Parker, Mark Ballard, and Bob Lawson.

For those considering an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, P.O. Box 456, Alderson, WV 24910.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Source: Beckley Register-Hearld.com
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