Ella Ruth May Taylor “Ruth”, died March 8, 2014 at the age of 80. She was the daughter of the late William Harvey and Laura Mae Ferguson May. Ruth was born in Oil Springs, Ky. and graduated from Oil Springs High School with honors.
Ruth moved to W.Va. to attend nursing school. She graduated from Charleston General Hospital School of Nursing in 1955 and began a career as a registered nurse. She worked at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital in many roles, including nursing supervisor and in the post anesthesia care unit until her retirement in 1992.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Benjamin Rucker Taylor Jr.; her infant granddaughter, Mollie Taylor; sisters, Mary Lois and Martha Eunice; brothers, Harve, Delbert, William David, Marvin, Paul, John, Saul and Silas.
She is survived by her daughter, Cassandra (Cassy) Lois Taylor and her partner, Janie James of Charleston; her son, Benjamin Rucker Taylor III; her beloved granddaughter, Kaitlyn Tabra Taylor both of Charleston; and her sister, Elizabeth Ratliff of Dayton, Ohio.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday evening March 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. concluding with a vigil service. Funeral and mass of Christian burial will take place at the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11 officiated by the Rev. Ryan L. Stichweh. Burial and commitment service will follow at Mt. Olivet cemetery in Charleston.
Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.