First Posted: 8/24/2009

MOUNT AIRY Mrs. Ruth Ellen Collins Barnard, 96, of 110 Panhandle Lane, Mount Airy, went to her immortal home Sunday morning, Aug. 23, 2009, at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson. Mrs. Barnard was born June 12, 1913, in Surry County, to the late Robert Sanford and Rosa Ella Wood Collins. She retired from Spencers Inc. after 33 years of service and was a lifetime member of Woodville Baptist Church. She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Leigh Smith and Bonnie Faye Snody, both of Mount Airy; a stepdaughter, Jo Ann Ayers of Claudville, Va.; a stepson, Bill Barnard of Kibler Valley, Va.; seven grandchildren, Rebecca Ellen Snody of Winston-Salem, Eddie Snody and Vivienne Snody Badgett, both of Mount Airy, Jacqueline Snody Fayne of North Topsail Island, Janet Leigh Coble of Mount Airy, Mack B. Stanley of Scappoose, Ore., and Pamela Faye Smith of Mount Airy; two stepgrandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two great-stepgrandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia B. Love of Mount Airy; and a special friend, Steven Troychak. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Barnard was preceded in death by her first husband, Fred M. Cook; her second husband, William Barnard; and two sisters, Thelma Beasley and Eunice Arrington. A memorial tribute will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Woodville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Keith Love officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service at Woodville Baptist Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Woodville Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o R.G. Collins, 1591 Toms Creek Road, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041 or to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030. Moody Funeral Services in Mount Airy is serving the Barnard family. Online condolences may be made at

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