Jenny V. Ruark

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

CHURCH CREEK — Jenny V. Lu­cas Ruark, 88, for­merly of Church Creek, MD, passed away Thurs­day, Oct. 6, 2016 at the Tal­bot Hospice, Eas­ton. Heaven gained another An­gel that morn­ing.

Born on Feb. 13, 1928 in Ash­land, Ken­tucky, she was the daugh­ter of the late Rev. Ben­jamin Har­ri­son Lu­cas and Jessie Mae Far­row Lu­cas. Her fa­ther was the Pas­tor of the Cam­bridge Pil­gram Ho­li­ness Church (now the Cam­bridge Wes­leyan Church) from 1946 to 1948 and helped re-build the Church from the great fire of that time.

On June 26, 1947, she mar­ried E. New­ton Ruark, they lived most of their mar­ried life in Crocheron, MD. They en­joyed over 43 years of mar­riage be­fore his passing on Oct. 23, 1990.

Jenny V. at­tended White Haven United Methodist Church in Church Creek and the Cam­bridge Wes­leyan Church un­til her health no longer per­mit­ted. She al­ways en­joyed be­ing in church and es­pe­cially loved lis­ten­ing to gospel mu­sic.

Dur­ing her work­ing years, Miss Jenny V worked at West­ern Pub­lish­ing dur­ing the win­ter sea­son where she cut pictures for school year­books. She worked with her hus­band the re­main­der of the year proudly work­ing on the wa­ter closely with him and tended to the soft crab op­er­a­tions that they had. At one time, she had her own boat and would nip­per (catch­ing oys­ters) with smaller tongs by her­self along the shore­line. She greatly en­joyed work­ing with her hus­band on the wa­ter es­pe­cially pound net fish­ing and crab­bing. Since she was raised in the moun­tains of Ken­tucky and Tennessee she had never seen a large body of wa­ter un­til she moved to the Eastern Shore so she learned a lot about the life of a water­man on the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

Gar­den­ing was some­thing she truly en­joyed when she moved to Cam­bridge in 1991. She had over 90 rose bushes and loved spend­ing time feed­ing them and car­ing for them. Cro­chet­ing was also a fa­vorite hobby and she made some beau­ti­ful blan­kets. Her fa­vorite hol­i­day was Christ­mas and she loved dec­o­rat­ing for the hol­i­day. Un­til re­cently she would spend sev­eral months in Florida in the win­ter at Hobe Sound Bible School and Church and loved be­ing there on cam­pus with all her friends and many of her fam­ily.

Sur­viv­ing Jenny V is her daugh­ter Dr. Jac­que­line Smith and her hus­band Allen of Church Creek whom she had lived with for 10 years be­fore her health se­verely de­clined; a brother Jay Lu­cas of Hobe Sound, FL; seven grand­chil­dren: Ash­ley Smith Mow­bray (Mike); Trey Smith (Phyli­cia); Lisa Ven­zon (Mark); Shan­nyn Win­ters (Stephen); Kim­ber­ley Bane­gas; Jenny Ro­mano (Wayne); and Rachel Ruark; great grand­chil­dren: April, Tiereny, Sean, Me­gan, Ma­teo, Travis, Rosie, Madix, and Drew; daugh­ter-in-law Peg­gie Ruark; spe­cial nieces: Linda Best (Howard) and Anita Glen (Denny), Lima, OH; Joan Paul Ni­chols (Jim); Gail Hast­ings of Cam­bridge; and Sheri Hub­bard of Hur­lock; god daugh­ter Kim Moore; and nu­mer­ous other nieces and neph­ews.

Pre­ced­ing her in death be­sides her par­ents and hus­band was a son, Ed­ward L. Ruark; a daugh­ter Evon Mae Ruark (in­fant); two sis­ters Marsella Martin and Al­berta Snow; three broth­ers: The Rev. Ell­wood Lu­cas; The Rev. Paul Lu­cas; Gor­don Lu­cas; and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends on Thurs­day evening Oc­to­ber 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at New­comb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cam­bridge.

Funeral ser­vices will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 14 at Cam­bridge Wes­leyan Church. The fam­ily will also re­ceive friends the hour prior to the ser­vice. Of­fi­ci­at­ing at the ser­vice will be Pas­tor Jack Diehl and Rev. David J. Wooten Jr. Burial will fol­low at the Mary­land Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery in Hur­lock.

Serv­ing as pall­bear­ers will be Dave Nick­er­son, Tommy Collins, Howard Best, Trey Smith, Allen Smith Jr., Michael Mow­bray Jr. and Carl Hughes.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions in Jenny V’s name can be sent to Tal­bot Hospice Foun­da­tion, 586 Cyn­wood Dr., Eas­ton, MD 21601.

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