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Ruth Wooten - Eulogy and Obituary

Ruth Wooten - Eulogy and Obituary

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Published by John Partridge
This past week Trinity Church lost one of our great friends, Ruth Wootten. Ruth was a fixture here for more than fifty years. I haven't met a single person that met Ruth who didn't like her and call her a friend.
This past week Trinity Church lost one of our great friends, Ruth Wootten. Ruth was a fixture here for more than fifty years. I haven't met a single person that met Ruth who didn't like her and call her a friend.

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Eulogy for Ruth Wootton
By John Partridge
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July 06, 2013During the height of WW1 in Europe in 1917, a baby girl named Ruth Lovena Jones was born inWeirton, WV. During her life, Ruth saw a great many changes. Electricity became commonplace,horses were replaced with automobiles, the arrival of the telephone, television, computers, the Internetand so many other things. The world we live in today is vastly different than the world that Ruth was born into, and yet, Ruth never allowed herself to be left behind.
Ruth’s mother, Mary Jones, died at the
young age of 27 when Ruth was only 7 years old. Her father,William, was unable to care for his children alone and so Ruth was raised and cared for by a successionof family and friends. Perhaps this early loss triggered something in Ruth, but whatever it was, Ruthalways enjoyed being in the thick of things. She graduated from Navarre High School in 1935 and nineyears later married Don Wooten in West Palm Beach, Florida near where Don was stationed with the
Army Air Corps. If you’ve seen her wedding pictures, the women are the only ones who are not
wearing an Air Corps uniform.For years Ruth and Don did everything together and nearly every weekend they would go down toSeneca Lake together. Ruth lost Don
after 32 years of marriage but Ruth didn’t let that loss allow her to
get left behind either. Ruth continued to do what she always did. She square danced, and played cardswith several groups, she played golf, and at the age of 70 she took self-defense classes. Not long agoshe travelled with her granddaughter Lindsay to Oregon and back to visit her son Leonard. For yearsRuth liked to travel on bus tours to see new places and even at in her nineties Ruth took computer classes and not only owned, but knew how to use her cell phone and her iPad tablet computer and shewas still driving her own car at 95.Ruth loved her family and friends and even though she had been a widow for 36 years, she never retreated into her home as many do. She lived next to Ron
’s office and got to see him nearly every day.
 
She was close to all of her family and visited whenever possible, sometimes even “visiting” over the
Internet. She had many close friends and I was told that when they celebrated her 90
th
birthday a fewyears back, the community room at Cardinal Manor was packed out with something like 50 or 60 guestscompeting for her attention. Ruth had grandchildren and great-grandchildren that range in age from 4 to49, she loved them all and she still occasionally babysat. The little ones called their great-grandmother 
Ruth, “G
-
G” (G
-reat- G-randmother, G-G, get it?) Like many of our parents and grandparents, Ruthmaintained order in her house with her fierce control of a wooden spoon. But as far as anyone knows,the presence and the threat of that spoon were always enough because no one recalls ever seeing it beingactually used on anyone.
 
Ruth just liked to be friends. She and Ruth Miller from Trinity church have been good friends for morethan fifty years and although Carol has been an ex-daughter-in-law for a long time, Ruth never let the
“ex” part mean that they couldn’t still be friends. She has been very close to
Ron
’s wife, Linda and I
was told more than once that she was a
great
mother-in-law. In recent years there were many thingsthat made her life easier. Living next to Ron
’s office helped, but so did her 
many
friends at CardinalManor and her wonderful next door neighbor Marie French
. Ruth’s family wanted me to be sure to say
thank you to all of you for all that you have done and for your friendship.
In the end, we know that Ruth was greatly loved by everyone that knew her… and she loved you all
right back.
After all, “Love” was practically her middle name.
She was known for bringing her famouslemon bread to family dinners and potluck suppers and she still made Ron a whipped cream cake for his birthday just as she has for as long as anyone can remember. She cared about her family and her friendsand she showed them. She lived a great life the way that she wanted to live it and although the end wasunexpected, it was also mercifully swift. As Ron said to me yesterday, she had 95 good years and about5 bad days. She will be remembered as loving, caring and unafraid, but also as a woman who never gaveup and never retreated from the setbacks that life handed to her.From our own lives,
most of us have learned that life isn’t always fair and that sometimes bad things
happen to good people. If we can learn anything from Ruth Wootten, we should learn that no matter what, keep fighting, never stop learning, go to church, have faith, and always, always, always keep your family and friends close by.
Ruth Lovena Wootton
Born in Wierton, WV on Nov. 29, 1917Departed on Jun. 27, 2013 and resided in Canton, OH.Visitation: Saturday, July 6, 2013Service: Saturday, July 6, 2013Cemetery: Sunset Hills Burial Park Ruth Lovena Wootton, age 95, of Canton, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in AultmanCompassionate Care Center. She was born in Weirton, WV on November 29, 1917 to the late Williamand Mary Jones. Ruth was a 1935 graduate of Navarre High School and became an Army Air Corps bride in 1944 when she was married to Leonard Donald (Don) Wootton in West Palm Beach, FL. She

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