New Hope UMC


Beloved member, Ruth Marie Fairey Lyons, lost her long battle with leukemia on September 16, 2023 with her husband of 60 years, Jimmy A Lyons at her side. Ruth Marie and Jimmy lived in Aiken, where they located after Jimmy's retirement. Born in Rowesville to Robert Lee Fairey, Jr. and Nadeen Westbury Fairey, Ruth Marie was also predeceased by her beloved sister, Martha Corvette Fairey (Baughman). Even though she traveled the world during her adulthood, Ruth Marie maintained a lifetime membership in New Hope Methodist Church in Rowesville where she was christened, married and will be long remembered.

A memorial service was held at New Hope on Saturday, September 30, with Pastor Kevin officiating. assisted by Reverend Billy Hurst. After the service a visituation was held at the home of Billy and Debbie Hurst, across the street and two doors down from the church. The childhood home of Ruth Marie was built by her grandfather, Debbie's great grandfather, Robert Fairey in 1907. Friends and family gathered to remember her life. Though saddened by her passing, we were blessed by her presence in our lives.

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