Originally created 12/15/04

Mrs. Ruby Atwood Gabriel (COLUMBIA, S.C.)



COLUMBIA, S.C. - Ruby Atwood Gabriel, widow of DeLeon W. Gabriel, died peacefully Sunday, December 12, in her home, where she had been surrounded by loving care during declining health over the past four years. The last of nine children, she was born August 15, 1908 to Martin Lee and Nancy Kelly Atwood in Lauderdale County, Mississippi. The nine siblings, with unusual longevity, most living into their late eighties and nineties, collectively spanned three centuries from the late ninetieth to the early twenty-first century. They were eventually scattered from their provincial rural Mississippi origin to dwell in eleven of the United States as well as Germany and Japan. All of the eight sisters and their one brother were naturally gifted in special ways and shared those gifts with others around them. A common thread that bound them together was an innate sense of "Atwood" humor. The last born leaves this marvelous legacy, as well as many others, with h er survivors. A devoted homemaker, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many, she worked outside the home in two fields: with grocer Mitchell Tibshrany in Elmwood Park and Shandon and with the original Belk Department Store in downtown Columbia. She is survived by two daughters, Sara Margaret Gabriel of Los Angeles and Mary Ann Harper of North Augusta, a son, Robert F. Gabriel of Columbia, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A member of the North Trenholm Baptist Church for the past 32 years, her memorial service will be conducted there at 3:00 P.M. Thursday, December 16, with interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Memorials may be made to the North Trenholm Baptist Church, 6515 North Trenholm Road (29206) and to Palmetto Health Hospice, Box 7275, Columbia, S.C. 29202. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle December 15, 2 004