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Ruby Lester Arnold

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STEM — Ruby Lester Arnold, 95, a longtime resident of Granville County, passed away Sunday, May 12 at her home.

A native of Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late William Andrew Lester and Mary Elizabeth Strickland. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Butner and retired as an administrative clerk at John Umstead in Butner with over 30 years of service.

Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15 in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens on Cheek Road in Durham by Rev. James Shelley.

Surviving are a special niece Lorraine Smith Watkins of Norlina, and many other nieces and nephews.

Visitation followed the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Duke Homecare and Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Dr., Durham, NC 27704.

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Eakes Funeral Home is assisting the Arnold family.