By BRIANA BARKER
A benefit for Ruth Neice, the owner of Ruth’s Place on U.S. 220 in Rocky Mount will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at Waidsboro Ruritan Club.
As many of Ruth’s Place regulars know, Neice has been battling ovarian cancer for more than two years. She recently made the decision to stop chemotherapy treatments and is resting at home. Neice spent 18 of the past 30 days in the hospital, and has said she has good days and bad days.
“I am at home on hospice,” she said. “They can’t give me a timeframe but I stopped treatment and I am just trying to get organized.”
The bingo and spaghetti dinner is the first fundraiser that has been held for Neice. She said the hospital bills have been piling up.
Earlier this year she realized her dream of opening her restaurant in a new building that she had purchase. Ruth’s Place had been in a rented building a mile away from the new location.
The restaurant, situated along U.S. 220, specializes in home-cooked vegetables and meals.
“I always imagined I would buy this place but it went up for sale, and so did the place down the street, and I ended up buying it,” she told The Franklin News-Post in January.
She recently said she wished doctors had warned her to reconsider when she purchased the new building.
“It was the hardest thing not to be there very long,” Neice said explaining she had been working part time until the move, when her condition worsened. “I love my customers. I have enjoyed meeting new friends and all my cooks and staff who have been there for me.”
For Neice, being at the restaurant has been about the people and keeping her customers happy. That’s something she said she hopes her daughter-in-law, Heather Muse, who has been overseeing the restaurant, will continue.
“I want people to know, the restaurant will remain open,” Neice said. “We are going to keep it in the family. Heather can make it her own.”
Heather is married to Neice’s son, Eric, and they share two children.
Neice said she is hoping she will feel up to making an appearance at the benefit.
Bingo will start at 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded from vendors, including Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Tupperware and more. The cost is $20 for 20 games.
A spaghetti dinner will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. for dine-in or carry out for $10. Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink.
There will also be a silent auction, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. The Waidsboro Ruritan Club is at 370 Ruritan Road in Rocky Mount.
For more information about the benefit or Ruth’s Place, visit Facebook.