Service measured not by GOLD,
but by the GOLDEN RULE
WOOSTER - Ruth Olive Carothers, 97, of Wooster, formerly of Niles, went to be with the Lord
on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
Born August 29, 1919 in Harrisville, PA, Ruth was the youngest of five children born to William
and Olive Clee (McFadden) Graham.
She graduated from Harrisville High School in 1937. A few years later she worked as part of the
war effort as a switchboard operator.
Ruth has been an Ohio resident since 1939. She married Russell J. Carothers in Niles, Ohio
while he was home on leave from the Navy aircraft carrier USS Independence on October 28,
She enjoyed a busy young life as a homemaker, mother, and wife to Russell in Niles, Ohio. She
especially 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 Parent
Teachers Association at Jackson Elementary School. Ruth always could be counted on to
provide cakes for family and community events. She especially enjoyed square dancing with
Russell in a local group in Niles.
Ruth went to work at Carlisle-Allen Department Store for another Russell, Russell Stover, in the
1960s. She enjoyed working with the public and received several awards for her outstanding
contributions to the candy and card department.
In 1981, Ruth and Russell moved to Wooster to be closer to family. They were active members
of the United Methodist Church of Wooster where Ruth was a member of Mary Martha Circle for
many 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 and
sisters Mid Hogue and Jean Wiseman.
A private family service was held at Mcintire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home with internment
following at Wooster Cemetery on June 21. West View Healthy Living Chaplain Reverend Kirk
A Celebration of Life was held, in honor of Ruth on June 22 to pay tribute to the caring and
giving staff of Town Square Assisted Living at West View Healthy Living. Chaplain Kirk Fairhurst
led the service with his brother, Reverend Eric Fairhurst, providing a solo and leading
attendees 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 View
Healthy Living, 1715 Mechanicsburg Road, Wooster, OH 44691.
Benevolent Fund, West View Healthy Living, 1715 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691
No calling hours
Private family services