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“What a joy to see that Ruth lived such a long life filled with many grand children. Blessed. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: [Rosalie] Kay Altenberger-DeWitt - AZ

“I want you to know how much we appreciate that you chose us for your mom's care. We are honored, and it was wonderful getting to know Ruth and Donna,...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Jeffrey Wilcox - Coldwater, MI

“My grandma was a true lady. She was always thoughtful, positive, encouraging, and never judgmental. She had a kind and good-hearted soul. I...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Elizabeth " Beth Ann" Brown - OH

“We would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of a very special lady. She always brightened a room when she walked in and took the time...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Curt Bowsher - burlington, KY

“Becky & Steve, Just wanted to let you know your family is in our prayers. So sorry for your loss. Bob & Amy ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Bob & Amy Orwick - Elida, OH

“There is not place big enough to write all my memories of my great-aunt, but they are in my heart. She was there for every important event in my...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Lisa Ann Modica - El Paso, TX

“I will cherish the many summers we got to spend together with grandma. She is the woman I strive to be. Heaven got another angel we love and miss you. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Heather Jahn - Grove City, OH

“Have many warm memories of Ruth Ella and Leah as they did so many things together through the years and were such great friends - a beautiful...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Beverly Beck - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

“Jr. and I send our sympathy and prayers to the whole family. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Michaelene Panepinto - Channahon, IL

“You will forever hold a special place in my heart for being a kind and loving grandmother. I will miss you and think of you often. Love Always,...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Yvette - Muncie, IN

“Jim, Sorry to hear about your mother. She lived a full life and had many friends. She will now live forever in eternal peace. I will keep her in my...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: David Szippl - Sidney, OH

“She was always a joy to be around, she will be missed by many. My condolences; prayers and love goes out to all esp. to Donna; Jim; Cheri; Heather;...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Cathy Guth - Galloway, OH

“This very special grandma will be truly missed.....heaven is gaining an angel. She loved her family unconditionally. Her gracious ways and accepting,...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Becky MacDonald - Granddaughter

“We still have the hanging kitchen towels that Grandma made for us so many years ago! We will miss her smile. Heaven truly has a new angel! Our...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Brad and Teri Scofield - Medina, OH

Ruth Ella McGarvey,

Age 95, died February 15, 2013, at Drews Place in Coldwater, Michigan. She was born June 21, 1917 in Lima, Ohio to Fonda and Mary Bowsher who preceded her in death. On June 18, 1938 she married Daniel P. McGarvey who preceded her in death in 1967.

Ruth was employed for 22 years as Deputy Clerk of Probate Court of Allen County, serving under Judges, Paul Rockey, David Stiener, and David Kinworthy. She retired in 1982. She was an original member of Allen County Legal Secretaries Association, serving as Governor and NALS Representative countless times. Ruth was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and remained active in the church until her move to Coldwater, Michigan in 2008.

During her retirement Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling to visit family and friends. She made many trips with friends to Elder Hostel in the summer months. She loved flowers and her apple tree which produced the best ever applesauce. She was a member of Daughters of Isabella, Crestwood Neighborhood Association, and Senior Citizen Center.

Ruth is survived by a daughter Donna (James) Furlong of Coldwater, MI, and a son, James McGarvey of St. Petersburg, FL. She was preceded in death by sons, Robert and Daniel.

She was grandmother to Rebecca (Steve) MacDonald, Elizabeth (David) Brown, Thomas (Jerilyn) Altenberger, Amy (Matt Cudworth) Altenberger, Kevin (Greta) Furlong, Colleen (Mike) Creal, Tim (Annmarie) Furlong, Karen (Stephen) Williams, Ann (Sam) Nichelson, Maureen (Andrew) Groome, Gary (Jane) Young, Robert (Angela) McGarvey, Yvette Waters, Auretta (Scott) Azure, Susan McGarvey, Heather (John) Jahn. She had 37 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren.

Ruth's generous and loving spirit will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege to know her.

Friends and family may call Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, 920 N. Cable Rd., Lima Ohio 45805, Friday, February 22, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013 at St. Charles Catholic Church.

Interment will follow at Gethsemani Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to Samaritan House, 328 W. McKibben, Lima, Ohio 45801 or St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

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