Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 14, 2014

Ruth Ernestine Scales Lipscomb


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Ruth Ernestine Scales Lipscomb, 85, of the Glenwood Park Retirement Village in Princeton, formerly of Kimball, WV and War, WV, died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Princeton Community Hospital.

Ruthie, as she was fondly known, was born June 28, 1928 in Kimball, WV the daughter of the late Ernest Scales and Ethel Robinson Scales. She was a 1946 graduate of Kimball High School and was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Kimball. She was active in may church organizations and, at various times, held several leadership positions. She was a member and former president of the Women's Missionary Society, served on the Usher Board, was director of youth Bible studies, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Ruthie was also active in the Flattop Baptist Association where she served as the corresponding secretary.

At the age of 50, Ruthie returned to school and completed an LPN program. As a Licensed Practical Nurse, she was employed for a number of years at the former Grace Memorial Hospital in Welch and subsequently at Welch Community Hospital, where she served as charge nurse before her retirement in 1991.

Ruthie was a voracious reader and loved books nearly as much as she loved her children and grandchildren. As a devout Christian, she gave many speeches throughout her active church life honoring the word of God. She worked diligently to combine faith with her works in both her personal and professional life.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Henry Arthur Lipscomb, Sr.

Survivors include five children, Henry A. Lipscomb, Jr. and wife Sarah, Drema Lipscomb-Burnett and husband Brian, Faye Glover and husband Willie, Richard Glover and wife Delores, and Michael Lipscomb and wife Tina; nine grandchildren, Angela, Henry III, Raquel, Valessa, Brian, Willie III, Jasmine, Evan, and Michael, Jr.; one beloved cousin, James Hamilton and wife Gladys; one dear friend and co-worker, Estelle Farmer; 6 great grandchildren; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of long time friends and acquaintances.

After a full life and hard fought battle with Alzheimer's she is now at rest.

In keeping with Ruth's wishes her body has been cremated. Friends may join family in celebrating her life at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 109 High Street in Princeton with the Rev. Barry Early officiating. Friends may call at the church from 11:00 AM until the service hour on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ruthie's memory to the National Alzheimer's Association or a charity of choice.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com.