Ruby Eloise Waugh Shoemaker, 99, of Statesville, N.C., died Sunday, March 14, 2021, at Universal Healthcare of Concord, N.C.

Ruby was born in Statesville on February 2, 1922, to the late Harley Lee and Daisy Benfield Waugh. She was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and the Friendship Bible Class. She also helped with funeral meals at the church in the past.

On October 9, 1940, she married Dock Bernell Shoemaker, who passed away on December 26, 1986. She was a homemaker who enjoyed working with her flowers and in her yard while she was able. She was a graduate of the Class of 1940 at Celeste Henkel High School. She enjoyed being with her family and many beach trips with her sisters. She once was a grandparent volunteer at Celeste Henkel School and enjoyed watching the daily activities at this school that she lived beside.

In addition to her husband and parents, Ruby was preceded in death by her son, Ray Bernell Shoemaker; three sisters, Camilla Loftin, Lois Ervin and Desolee Lindsey; and one brother, Daniel L. Waugh.

Ruby is survived by her daughter, Trudy Shoemaker Peacock (Denny) of Statesville and her daughter-in-law, Evelyn H. Shoemaker of Catawba. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Wilma Shumaker; five granddaughters, Sherry Campbell (Todd), Lori Hope (Harry), Kelli McRee (Doug), Shannon Lester (Kevin) and Wendy Madill (Steve); six great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.

Ruby will lie in state at Troutman Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon, March 16, 2021, and Wednesday morning, March 17, 2021. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery with a visitation following in the Christian Life Center. Please follow all COVID-19 protocols.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church at 607 Bethlehem Rd., Statesville, NC 28677. Online condolences can be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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