Rubye Elberta Rinehart Barden, 103, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Saluda County, SC, she was the daughter of George W. and Sallie Brooks Rinehart.
Rubye was a longtime member of Main Street United Methodist Church and a member of the Police Wives Auxiliary. She was known for her crocheting and cooking and she won numerous awards for her talent. She was also an avid gardener.
Surviving are her son, Robert T. (Laurel) Barden, of Waxhaw, NC; daughters, Margie (Carroll) Cumbee, of Newberry, FL, Betty Wheeler, of Columbia, and Ann (Jeff) Hutchins, of Columbia. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. "Mom" was preceded in death by her husband, the late Robert M. Barden; Daughter, Georgia Barden; and one grand-daughter.
The funeral service for Mrs. Barden will be held at 11 o'clock, Thursday morning, December 22, 2011, at Shives Funeral Home, 5202 Colonial Drive, Columbia. The Reverend Cheryl Rhodes will be officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region- Uptown, 1420 Seventh St. Charlotte, NC 28204, or Main Street United Methodist Church, 1830 Main Street Columbia, SC 29201.