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Dunn, Ruby Dail

Ruby Lee Dial Dunn was born on a tobacco farm in Lenior County. She spent her entire life in the tobacco and farming community. She and her husband, Paul E. Dunn of Selma, were truly dedicated to the farming industry in North Carolina. Ruby worked along with her husband on a tobacco farm in the community of Thanksgiving, near Selma, since 1952. Mr. and Mrs. Dunn were a well-known couple in the agricultural profession in Johnston County. They believed in education and community involvement for the betterment of all people. They were honored several times through the years, and even were the Farm Family of the Year in 1987.

This memorial was given by the Children of Jake and Pauline Dunn.

At the time of her death, Ruby was the Chairman of the Women's Committee of The Johnston County Farm Bureau. She was a member of the Johnston County Democratic Women's Committee, and a member of the State Democratic Party Executive Committee. She was active for many years in the North Carolina Extension Homemaker's Association, serving on many state and local committees and winning various awards.

As her children grew up she served as a 4-H Club leader, and continued to be active in the Johnston County 4-H Alumni Association. She was known as a caring and dependable person - a tireless volunteer whenever she was needed.

Ruby graduated from Pink Hill High School and from Campbell College. She was a member of Live Oak Baptist Church and a leader in the Women's Missionary Union. For many years she was a choir member at Live Oak. In most recent years, her love of children made her a willing worker in the church nursery.

Ruby was the devoted daughter of Floyd J. and Verdie Howard Dail of Pink Hill. She was the mother of two sons, Omar and Ira, and one daughter, Amy Dale. She was the grandmother of Aaron McCoy Dunn.

A soft voice, a sweet smile and a willing heart were the persona of Ruby Dunn.

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