Ruth Allen Whalen, 90, of Inglewood Dr., Morganton, NC died Saturday, May 15, 2010 in Grace Hospital following a brief illness. Born November 2, 1919 in Franklin, MA, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Lillian Allen. Mrs. Whalen was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Fredrick Joseph Whalen, Jr. and a grandson, Adam Whalen.Surviving are her sons, Fredrick J. Whalen, III and his wife, Tori and Kenneth Whalen and his wife, Diane all of Morganton; a daughter, Brenda Whalen of Morganton; a brother, Henry Allen, Jr. of Terre Haute, IN; a sister, Stella Joanis of Franklin, MA; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.The funeral Mass will be said at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 17, 2010 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with the Reverend Kenneth Whittington officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Medway, MA. The family will receive friends from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Monday in Murray Hall of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 728 W. Union St., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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