WOOSTER – Ruth Olive Carothers, 97, of Wooster, formerly of Niles, went to be with the Lordon Saturday, June 10, 2017.
Born August 29, 1919 in Harrisville, PA, Ruth was the youngest of five children born to Williamand Olive Clee (McFadden) Graham.
She graduated from Harrisville High School in 1937. A few years later she worked as part of thewar effort as a switchboard operator.
Ruth has been an Ohio resident since 1939. She married Russell J. Carothers in Niles, Ohiowhile he was home on leave from the Navy aircraft carrier USS Independence on October 28,1942.
She enjoyed a busy young life as a homemaker, mother, and wife to Russell in Niles, Ohio. Sheespecially enjoyed cooking and was an accomplished baker, cake decorator, and candy maker.She was active in the First Methodist Church of Niles, Ohio as well as serving with the ParentTeachers Association at Jackson Elementary School. Ruth always could be counted on toprovide cakes for family and community events. She especially enjoyed square dancing withRussell in a local group in Niles.
Ruth went to work at Carlisle-Allen Department Store for another Russell, Russell Stover, in the1960s. She enjoyed working with the public and received several awards for her outstandingcontributions to the candy and card department.
In 1981, Ruth and Russell moved to Wooster to be closer to family. They were active membersof the United Methodist Church of Wooster where Ruth was a member of Mary Martha Circle formany years. Following retirement to Wooster, she kept busy making blankets, sock monkeys,and stuffed bunny rabbits for her grandchildren.
Surviving Ruth are daughters Sondra (Bert) Wolfe and Karen (Don) Lordan;
three grandchildren, Lori LaWarre, Jennifer Allan, and Lynn Stoyanov; three great-grandchildren, Tegan Allan, Summit Allan and Megan LaWarre.
Preceding her in death were her husband Russell, brothers Robert and William Graham andsisters Mid Hogue and Jean Wiseman.
A private family service was held at Mcintire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home with internmentfollowing at Wooster Cemetery on June 21. West View Healthy Living Chaplain Reverend KirkFairhurst officiated.
A Celebration of Life was held, in honor of Ruth on June 22 to pay tribute to the caring andgiving staff of Town Square Assisted Living at West View Healthy Living. Chaplain Kirk Fairhurstled the service with his brother, Reverend Eric Fairhurst, providing a solo and leadingattendees in the singing of The Old Rugged Cross. Ruth lived at Town Square Assisted Living
for over nine years and felt that the staff and residents were like family. For the past six months,she was also lovingly cared for by Crossroads Hospice of Green.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Benevolent Fund, West ViewHealthy Living, 1715 Mechanicsburg Road, Wooster, OH 44691.
Benevolent Fund, West View Healthy Living, 1715 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691
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