Ruth Hall Dilday

December 21, 1919 - March 29, 2013

12/21/1919 - 03/29/2013

Past Services

Saturday March 30, 2013
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Sunday March 31, 2013
3:00 pm
Murfreesboro Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Main Street
Murfreesboro, NC 27855

MURFREESBORO, NC – Ruth Hall Dilday, age 93, passed away Friday, March 29 at Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

She had been married for 46 years to the late Raymond McCoy Dilday and lived in Murfreesboro for 70 years. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Gwendolyn H. Smith, Dorothy H. Outland, Floyd Hall, A.V. Hall, Wilma Morris and Pauline H. Johnson; and son-in-law, Wayne Moore.

Mrs. Dilday was born in Bertie County and grew up in Roxobel. She was a homemaker and an active member of Murfreesboro Baptist Church. She was a friend to all, loved handwork and making things look pretty.

Her survivors include two daughters, Connie D. Moore of Franklin, VA, Mary Alice Dilday of Raleigh, NC; two grandchildren, Raye Moore and wife Melanie of Franklin, VA, and Robert Moore and wife Lea Ann of Hampton, VA. She was ‘grandma Ruth’ to her great-grandchildren, Davis and Danielle Moore of Franklin, VA; and Allison and Caitlyn Moore of Hampton, VA.

The family will receive friends at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie on Saturday, March 30 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, and other times at Mrs. Dilday’s home in Murfreesboro. A celebration of life service will be conducted on Sunday, March 31 at Murfreesboro Baptist Church at 3:00 PM with the Rev. Lee Canipe and Rev. Thomas Caulkins officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

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Mary Jo Ellis
11 years ago

Connie and Mary Alice,

Miss Ruth lived her faith by example. She embodied all that is good and giving and strong in this life and we are the better for her presence. Both of you are loving and supportive daughters and it does not go unnoticed. May God’s peace be with you now and always.

11 years ago

Aunt Ruth meant the world to me. She always made me feel special and had a unique way of making you feel all better after being in her presence. She prepare many Tuesday night meals that she and I shared when I was a student at Chowan College. I will always treasure those memories. She will be missed.

Leta Grey Williams
11 years ago

Mary Alice & family – thinking of you with love and sympathy. Your mom was a nice, talented lady. I always enjoyed my visits at her home in Murfreesboro. May your happy memories bring you peace. Leta

Jewel Smith Johnson
11 years ago

Connie and Mary Alice,

You know that I loved your moma so much. She was like a second mom to me. I will always treasure the good times at spent at your house growing up, and later in life all of the fun grandma trips that we went on with her and moma.

Love you both,


Al Smith
11 years ago

I loved her like my own mother in fact she was my second mother.

Pennie Burton
11 years ago

Connie and Mary Alice,

Your mom was such a good friend to my grandma. She was a kind and warm lady. I visited her when ever mom and I came to visit my Aunt Ruth. She always had a smile and a snack for us. I loved her “doll house” home. The beautiful pink curtains she made, the pictures of her grandsons and their families. I know you will miss her. She was truly a very special lady.

Peg Knoll
11 years ago

MAD, I’m sorry for your loss. She must have been a great woman & Mom, because she raised a great daughter.

Joanne Schell
11 years ago


Sherry Brown
11 years ago

Mrs. Dilday was such a sweet lady. I had the pleasure of meeting her in the eighties when visiting Murfreesboro with her daughter, Mary Alice Dilday. She was kind and loving and opened up her home to me. I won’t forget what a great lady she was and how much she treasured her family.

Harry Vann
11 years ago

Mary Alice and Connie,

I was sorry to hear your Mom passed away when I so the Herald. My condolences to you all and all your family members.

Harry Vann

Peacham VT 05862