Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Ruth A. Dougan Robinson of Wooster, passed away on August 3, 2023.  She was born August 19th, 1923 to Howard and Blanche Dougan of Pennsville, Ohio

Ruth attended North High School in Columbus, received her BS in Education at Ohio State University, her Masters in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Dayton.

She was a charter member of Phi Delta Kappa of the University of Dayton.  Ruth was honored by the OSU Alumni Board and presented with a Professional Life Certificate in 1985.

She taught grade school in Columbus, Adena, Newcomerstown and Washington Court House where she was also Supervisor of Title 1 and DPPF programs.

Upon retirement, Ruth married Dr. John M. Robinson and moved to Wooster, Ohio, where she was accepted by a family of caring, loving Robinson’s.  They made her feel instantly a part of their family, so reminiscent of her own Dougan family.

From John she learned to appreciate gardening and the environment.  He shared his passion for travel and instilled in her the art of acceptance and patience.

While residing in Wooster, Ruth became a member of Monday Club, PEO Sisterhood, Service League, Ohio State Alumni and enjoyed her grandchildren’s athletic endeavors.

She read texts for students at ATI, enjoyed Friends of the Library and Women’s Committee for Wooster Symphony.

Wooster became her home but she would never forget the special, long time friends in Washington Court House, where she spent many happy years.

She is survived by her daughter Debra Carmen diDomenico and family; her sister Ria Portocarrero and family; and her children by marriage-Mike Jennings and family; Wendy See and family; Mimi Burgess and family; John Robinson and family; Camille Goodnight and family; Mark Robinson and family.  Ruth is survived by 16 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. And special family members; Monica Hernandez Villicana,  Woodie Robinson and Carmen Mary Castle.

She was preceded in death by Dr. John M. Robinson in 2000, and her son John Michael diDomenico in 2011.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 1:00 PM in the Chapel of West View Healthy Living, 1715 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster with Pastor Eric Fairhust officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Pennsville Twp. Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Contributions may be directed to Central American Medical Outreach, 322 Westwood Ave., Orrville, OH 44667.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


  1. Dear Debbie, We are so sorry to learn about the passing of your beautiful mother. What a special lady whom I never saw without a smile on her face and an offering of kind words!!! A long lived life with a number of great accomplishment . I know she will be sadly missed!!!

  2. All of us at West View already miss Ruth. She always said ” where’s that smile ” and she just brightened up my day . She was so very kind and loving , I will never forget her. I look forward to seeing her again in heaven one day.
    Hugs to you Deb.

  3. Oh, Deb, we’re certainly sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. What a wonderful lady she was. I remember working with her at Rose Avenue and Eastside Schools and going to conventions with her to watch her ‘work the crowds’! She always had a fan club wherever she went.
    And my father-in-law, Hugh Rea, always said Ruth was one of his favorite people, both in and out of school. Hope they are sharing fun memories on the other side. She will surely be missed by all who knew her. Love, hugs, and condolences to you and the entire family. Liz

  4. Debra,

    Ruth was always full of joy. She was a good friend to many in Wooster, particularly my Mother, Grace Morr. They shared a love for and devotion to Ohio State football. No doubt your entire family has many happy memories of her love to sustain you. What a beautiful person she was – kind, caring and fun. I will miss her as will all who knew her. Her’s was a life well lived.

    The Lord has prepared a place for her.

    Lynn and I offer our heartfelt sympathy.

  5. Debbie,

    I was thinking about you the other day, reminiscing about Coney Island, and all the other times our families got together. My dad, Dick Filbin, kept in touch with your mom for so many years. Your mom was the sweetest woman, and I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Dad passed away July 30, 2023. May God bless you and your family.


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