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Originally published: 2012-08-10 12:28:41
Last modified: 2012-08-10 12:28:41

Ruth Teachey Townsend

Ruth Teachey Townsend died peacefully at her home in Blowing Rock on Friday, August 10th. She was born May 1, 1933 in Lenoir County, NC to the late Jimmie Graham Teachey and Eva Nettie Teachey.

She was a graduate of B.F. Grady High School in Alberston. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Remus Teachey and his wife, Gaynelle Teachey. Ruth was a devoted member of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian church. She owned and operated florists in Blowing Rock for over 30 years and had a passion for flowers, people, playing the piano, and giving her opinion! She had an open door policy in her home, so much so that she had a sign on her door stating "don't knock, just come in." Living in Blowing Rock for 43 years, she was well-known and a legend to many. She was a true role model to her children and grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Jan Puckett and husband, Don; her son, DW Townsend; and grandchildren, Coley Sheehan and wife, Kinsey, Lauren Sheehan Solomon and husband, Matt, and Clint Townsend; and her beloved dog, Sash.

Funeral services for Ruth Teachey Townsend will be held 3 p.m Sunday, August 12, 2012, at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Sharon Van Dyke, her friend and caregiver, The Blowing Rock Police Department, and Blowing Rock Rescue and Fire.

Online condolences may be sent to the Townsend family at

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Townsend family.

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