Ruth Wallace Kehoe Noble

Ruth Wallace Kehoe Noble, 95, of Cedarfield Pinnacle Living, Richmond, VA, passed away May 26, 2019. Ruth was gentle and gracious with everyone and very loved for her sweet spirit. She represented the "genteel southern lady" a woman of great inner strength when needed yet offered kindness and understanding for all acquaintances. She was a Christian. Those lucky enough to know her would tell you she lived her life by the golden rule, every day. She wanted to know how YOU and your family were. She maintained her constant smile and keen sense of humor to the very end. Ruth was a treasure. She was born June 22, 1923, in Fauquier County, Virginia, a daughter of the late Gaynelle, "Ma", Wallace and John, "Jack" Wallace. She was a graduate of Warrenton High School. She continued her education by taking courses in music and business education. Ruth married John Conway Kehoe in November 1943 while he was training to be a co-pilot on a B24 bomber. Approximately nine months after they were married, Mr. Kehoe was killed in France. Three months after his death Ruth gave birth to a son, J. Conway Kehoe, Jr. She remained a widow and single Mom until 1950 when she married B. Vaughan Noble. In 1958 Ruth and Vaughan opened an insurance agency. Vaughan would sell and Ruth would be the executive office manager. The den in their home was converted to be their first office. Opening the agency was a decision they would never regret. With powerful determination and relying upon exceptional customer service the agency was a huge success, eventually becoming one of the top independent agencies in Virginia. At the same time Ruth assumed the responsibilities and challenges in raising two (both practically angels - not!) sons. Ruth was also active at Ginter Park United Methodist Church and in the community (Ginter Park Junior Women's Club).As time passed Ruth and Vaughan were able to slowly transition from weekend visits to their river cottage near Urbanna to their beloved full-time retirement home overlooking the Rappahannock River, all before reaching the age of 60. These were their happiest years, particularly spending time together so often with close friends and family. Grandchildren, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts all loved Ruth and visits to the river. Ruth was the consummate hostess whether it be a cup of coffee with a neighbor or serving a lunch buffet for a large family reunion. She could pick veggies from the garden, can them, cook a spaghetti supper and entertain three grandchildren all in a given day. The grandchildren will forever remember having so much fun with Ruth – playing on the Slip-n-Slide, bonfires on the beach, helping Ms. Murphy in the country store, crabbing, etc. Ruth would even bait their fishing lines. Of course, when the visit had ended, Ruth could always count on her good friend, Florence Smith, to help restore order and bring the home back to its original "pre-visit" condition. Thank you, Florence. Ruth was active at the Urbanna United Methodist Church and in the Urbanna community. Alas, all good things must come to an end and so it was with living at the river. Ruth particularly could not envision living anywhere else. Eventually she reluctantly gave in and in 2001, she and Vaughan moved to Cedarfield. While no match for their beloved rivah home, Cedarfield held its own unique charm including a less strenuous day to day lifestyle. It didn't take Ruth long to fit right in with new friends along with many former friends from years gone by. It seemed everyone knew Ruth with her ever present smile. She stopped to chat with all passing through the Cedarfield hallways. In later years with Vaughan's health declining Ruth supported him as no one else could. Daily she walked from one end of Cedarfield to the other end to visit Vaughan, sometime 2-3 times daily. So many admired her faithfulness and courage. Yet that smile never disappeared and no complaint ever heard. As Ruth's health began to decline she and the family were so fortunate to have Wanda James as her healthcare provider. Watching that relationship grow was a thing of beauty. Wanda was soon Ruth's BFF, then family, and then her guardian angel. Mom trusted no one more. Thank you, Wanda. Ruth was preceded in death by husbands, John Conway Kehoe, Sr. and Burns Vaughan Noble, Sr.; grandchild, Drue McIver Noble; sisters Francis and Lillian; and brother Charles. She is survived by sons, John Conway Kehoe, Jr.(Mary Liz) and B. Vaughan "Van" Noble, Jr.(Susie). Survivors also include her grandchildren, John C Kehoe, III (Robyn), Mary Kehoe Nesheim (Eric), Christine Kehoe Ramsey (Bret), B. Vaughan Noble, III, Holly Trulove Noble Craddock (Cayce), and Great Granddaughter, Lillian "Lilly" Trulove Noble Craddock. The family wishes to thank the Cedarfield staff for over 17 years of responding to the various needs of our Mom through the years. The family also thanks caregivers Yolanda Bullock and Alliyah James for their loving care of Ruth. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at Cedarfield Pinnacle Living, 2300 Cedarfield Pkwy, Richmond, Va. 23233. Interment will be held at 2 p.m on Wednesday, June 5, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 6832 Genito Rd. Jetersville, VA 23922

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