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Ruth Dyer Groves Chaney
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Ruth Dyer Groves Chaney, 93, of Martinsville, Virginia, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. She was born in Martinsville to Mattie Hundley and Irving Minter Groves Sr. She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband Jerry Smith Chaney, and brother Irving M. Groves Jr.

A lifelong, fourth generation member of First United Methodist Church, Martinsville, she was active in many areas of the church, a former choir member, Sunday School teacher, Board, United Methodist Women, and Wesley Guild member.

In the community, she was a former active and current honorary member of the Martinsville Garden Club, a sustaining member of the Charity League, and a 64-year member of the Current Events Club.

She was a graduate of Martinsville High School and Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College) in Pennsylvania. For several years she maintained a private kindergarten in Martinsville.

Survivors include son J. Smith Chaney Jr. and wife Gael, daughter Nancy C. Dickison and husband Dennis, all of Union Hall, Va.; grandsons Marshall Chaney and wife Alexandria of Blacksburg, Bennett Chaney and wife Toa of Cambridge, Mass.; granddaughters Rev. Deborah D. Porras and husband Antonio of Alexandria, Rev. Jennifer D. Coffey and husband Stephen of Danville, and Ruth-Decker Chaney of Nashville, Tenn.; two great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters, as well as beloved nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a special friend Janet Burnett, to whom the family is especially grateful for her devoted caregiving.

The family will receive friends at her home in Martinsville from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, April 2. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 3, preceded by a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery at 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Music Ministries of First United Methodist Church, 146 E. Main Street, Martinsville, 24112.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville, VA is serving the Chaney family. Online condolences can be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.


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Graveside

Tuesday

3

Apr

10:00 AM
Oakwood Cemetery

107 Cemetery St
Martinsville, VA 24112

Memorial

Tuesday

3

Apr

11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church

146 E. Main Street
Martinsville, VA 24112

Cemetery Details

Location

Oakwood Cemetery

107 Cemetery St
Martinsville, VA 24112

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