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Ruth Gay Townsend

March 9, 1942 ~ March 2, 2020 (age 77)

Obituary

Ruth Gay Townsend, 77, of Richmond, VA formally of Hurricane, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 2, 2020. Over the past eleven years in Richmond, she enjoyed time with family especially having those Sunday lunches after church. She was a member of Grove Avenue Baptist Church. She and her husband enjoyed their time with the “Keenagers” during their monthly luncheons. She was a longtime resident of Hurricane, WV and loved camping all over the mountains of West Virginia and boating on the Ohio River. “Gay” loved to do all types of crafts, painting ceramics, crocheting, and coloring. She traveled West Virginia working with local craftsmen as an employee of Appalachian Craftsman, Inc. and taught ceramic classes at her ceramic shop located on Teays Valley Road. Later in life, she found much joy in caring for the elderly as a Physical Therapist Aide at the Teays Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where she finally retired. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Edgar and Cieva Lucas, her sister Ruby Fay Wrenn (Dixon), her brother Ronnie Lucas and is survived by sisters Sally Adkins (Gary), Kathy Jefferies (Tom), and sister-in law Clara Lucas. She is also survived by her loving husband of 29 years, Glenn Townsend; three children, Charles “Charlie” Vannatter of Morgantown WV, Angela Byrnside and her husband Les of Richmond VA and Tommy Vannatter and his wife Kerry of Scott Depot, WV; four grandchildren, Toney Byrnside and his wife Jessica, Erica Byrnside, Jessyka Andrews and her husband Javan and Christian Vannatter; and two great-grandchildren, Savannah Byrnside and Brielle Andrews. She had a lot of cousins, nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. The celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at Allen’s Funeral Home, 2837 Main St., Hurricane. The family will receive family and friends from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.  Interment will be in Heavens Gateway Memorial Garden Cemetery, 2820 WV-34, Winfield, WV 25213 following the service.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
March 14, 2020

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Allen Funeral Home
2837 Main Street
Hurricane, WV 25526

Celebration of Life
Saturday
March 14, 2020

11:00 AM
Allen Funeral Home
2837 Main Street
Hurricane, WV 25526

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