Ruby McGehee Poukka

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Ruby McGehee Poukka, 83, of Sanford, died Friday, January 14, 2022, at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

She was the daughter of Luther Byron and Betty Lee Carter McGehee. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Sandra McKay and her eleven brothers and sisters.

Surviving is her husband of 46 years, Dennis Duane Poukka of the home; daughters, Kathy Lynn Johnson and Belinda Thomas of Sanford; son, James Edward Johnson of Charlotte; twelve grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made in memory of Ruby to CARA- Carolina Animal Rescue or to the Lee County Animal Shelter.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.