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Originally published: 2013-04-17 15:53:59
Last modified: 2013-04-17 15:53:58

Brenda Jestes Ruppard

Brenda Jestes Ruppard, 65, of 505 Grandfather Road, Banner Elk, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Watauga Medical Center.

Ruppard was born Sept. 23, 1947, in Rowan County, a daughter of the late Ned and Edith Jestes. She is remembered for her selfless and devotion to her family. As a single mother, she gave all of her love, time, and effort to her family, in sacrifice of her own personal pursuits. She worked night shifts, while earning her Certified Nursing Assistant license. Ruppard proudly served in her profession for more than 30 years at Cannon Memorial Hospital, Blowing Rock Hospital, and Life Care Center of Banner Elk. Nothing meant more to her than her families health, success, and happiness. They are her life, love, and legacy.

Ruppard was an angel that flew too close to the ground and is now a saint that continues to keep watch over those she loves.

Ruppard is survived by one daughter, Pamela Winkler and husband, Doug, of the Foscoe Community; three sons, Jack Ruppard and wife, Tracy, of Boone, James Jestes and wife, Sheena, of State Road and Jeff Ruppard of Banner Elk; four granddaughters, Jessica Fields, Gabriella Ruppard, Maggie Cook, and Kerrington Jestes; one grandson, Gabriel Shawn Ruppard; and one sister, Linda Julian of Statesville. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Ruppard will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Gordon Noble.

The family will receive friends following the memorial service. At other times, friends may call at the residence, 505 Grandfather Road, Banner Elk.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to the Watauga Humane Society, PO Box 1835, Boone, NC, 28607.

Online condolences may be sent to the Ruppard family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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