It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Ruth Sockwell Teague, a founder and owner of our great farm. She was Franklin’s wife, George Teague’s mother, and Ben Miller’s grandmother. Ruth passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday morning. Please keep our Reedy Fork Farm family in your prayers in the coming days.
Mrs. Teague was the iconic farm wife, who devoted her life to her family and the family farm. She graduated from Greensboro College with a Home Economics Degree, and over her life, she witnessed the farm transition from tobacco to dairy to organic dairy and feed mille. She worked as a Cooperative Extension agent in Davidson County, where she met Franklin Jewel Teague, a fellow extension agent. Though they were “not supposed to date, it worked out very well” with nearly 70 years of marriage and partnership leading their farm together.
Throughout her life, Ruth was guided by her faith and was a leader, Sunday School teacher, and choir member at Frieden’s Lutheran Church in Gibsonville. She actively participated in the Frieden’s Home Demonstration Club and the Gibsonville Art & Literature Club. She was known for her delicious home cooking and scrumptious baking. In 1959, she won a national Gold Medal Flour baking contest, for which she was awarded a trip to California and a new oven.
Above all, she was the backbone of her family, enabling her husband and children to accomplish great achievements. She was the kind of “Maw Maw” that her grandchildren loved to visit, lending magic and wonder to their childhoods. The light of Ruth’s final years was her 15 great grandchildren. They are all grateful for her love, support, and faith.
A celebration of Ruth’s life will be at Frieden’s Lutheran Church in Gibsonville. Visitation begins at 12:00 pm on March 26, with a celebration of life service at 2:00 pm. Graveside service will follow immediately at the church cemetery, with a fellowship meal to conclude. The family is grateful for the assistance of Rich & Thompson Funeral Home, Pastor Bill Zima of Frieden’s Lutheran Church, and all of the kind, patient, and loving caregivers that have assisted the family over the years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any gifts to be made to Ruth’s lifetime church, Frieden’s Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 6001 NC Hwy 61, Gibsonville, NC 27249. Online condolences may be extended at: www.richandthompson.com.
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace … For it is in giving that we receive, It is in self-forgetting that we find, And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life.”
We would also like to express our sincerest gratitude to each and every one of you for your kind words, texts, messages and phone calls during this difficult time.