Helen Ruffin Scarborough

July 1, 2019

CHARLOTTE - Helen Ruffin Scarborough died peacefully July 1, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born in Lake City, South Carolina on September 23, 1920.  She was the daughter of Thomas and Anna Belle Ruffin.  She graduated from Furman University in 1942 and then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where she met and married Vernon Harris Scarborough.  Their 52 years together were filled with love and devotion. 

Helen was a generous and elegant southern lady active in her children’s schools and many community organizations throughout her life.  Above all, she was dedicated to her family.  They always came first.  Her greatest pleasures late in life were her four grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She found great joy in her weekly play dates with Carson, Helen and Harris.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband Vernon,  her sister and three brothers.  Survivors include her three children Paul Scarborough and his wife Mary Kay, Sallie Scarborough, Vernon Scarborough; her grandchildren Katie Scarborough Caldwell and her husband Mark, Ruffin Scarborough and his wife Leary,  Anabelle Scarborough and Rainey Scarborough; great granddaughters Carson and Helen and great grandson; Harris.  She is also survived by her dear friend Rickey McBride.

The family would like to sincerely thank her loving and dedicated caregivers Ana, Josefina, Comfort, Gwen, Nakisha, Marva and Mildred. 

A memorial service to celebrate her long and happy life will be held at 11:00 AM on July 16, 2019 at Christ Episcopal Church.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Christ Church Charlotte, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207 or  Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 7845 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28226

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.


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  • Elizabeth Raby Mears

    My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your mother. I am deeply grateful to have known her genuine kindness. Sending my love and prayers.

  • mildred parker

    To the family I’m very proud to have a part in Mrs Scarborough care. My prayers go out to the family may you find the peace in knowing she is at ease.

  • Jim Copses

    Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Mrs,Scarborough.she was a wonderful part of my Park Place Pharmacy family.....Rest In peace...