Ruby Seay Barlow Bell passed away November 21, 2022 at her home in the care of family.
Ruby was born on June 25th , 1929, the daughter of James Early Seay and Tommie Poore Seay, founders
of Seay’s Furniture Shop. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband (Robert Terrell
Barlow), and 7 of her 8 siblings, her brothers, Howard, Harold, Fred, Aubrey and Douglas Seay and
sisters Roberta Seay and Phyllis Seay Stanley. She is survived by her brother, Romulus G. Seay (Dot) her
children, Tommy Barlow (Mary Anne), Deborah Jenkins (Franklin), Gregory Barlow (Jennifer), Andrea Bell
Henshaw (Randy), Bridgett Bell Carter, her former husband James H. Bell, Jr. and his son, Paul Bell
After raising her children, she retired from being a hairdresser and put herself back in school, graduating
with her nursing degree at age 57. She worked the night shift and golfed on her way home most
mornings, before retiring from Martha Jefferson Hospital. Ruby was a champion amateur golfer and
golfed with countless friends because her family wasn’t good enough to keep up. Retirement didn’t suit
Ruby and she provided in-home nursing care for elderly patients well into her own 80s.
In addition to being a loving mother, Ruby was a beloved Nanny to 10 grandchildren, 24 great
grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and faithful to her canine companion, Teddy. She was a
favorite aunt and a good friend to many. Ruby loved her family, antiques, golf, flowers, gardening, and
had visors in every color.
The family will receive friends and family at 1 PM and service immediately following to begin at 2 PM on
Sunday, November 27 at Woodward Funeral Home, 200 Fredericksburg Ave. Louisa Va. A burial service
will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Louisa Vol.
Rescue Squad P O Box 1777 Louisa VA 23093 or Hospice of the Piedmont 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway
Suite 300 Charlottesville VA 22911.