Ruth Pastor, 90, of Delaware and a Marion Manor resident since early December 2010 passed April 1, 2011, in Marion.
One of eight, she was born Jan. 28, 1921, in Detroit, Mich., to the late Earl and Gladys (Haskins) Fairchild. They lived in Wyandotte, Mich., where Ruth was graduated from Roosevelt High School and was a member of the First Congregational Church. She and James Pastor met by chance through a mutual friend and married in 1941, first living in Wyandotte and then moving a few miles out of town (now Southgate, Mich.) until Jim’s retirement.
Following Jim’s retirement, Ruth and Jim moved to Hale, Mich., where they built an A-Frame, fronting on a small lake in a state forest. Living there for the next 15 years, Ruth fully appreciated the beauty of the changing seasons in that setting and enjoyed observing close-up on a daily basis God’s creatures that shared their environ. In addition to joining a local church, they were active in the Senior Center and Ruth took painting lessons from an artist friend.
Coming full circle, they returned to city living when they relocated to Delaware so as to be near their two daughters. Ruth, again, adapted her activities to the area. Joining Zion United Church of Christ, she sang in the choir for a number of years. She enjoyed several years of membership in the DAR, serving as chaplain, and re-entered the workforce, joining a friend as a seasonal employee at Cubberly Studios.
Family gatherings, music and her faith in the Lord gave Ruth pleasure and peace. She stayed in touch with folks, no longer living in close proximity, through letter writing. Whenever the opportunity for travel arose, Ruth was eager to go, whether it was a cross-country drive, an hour road trip, or a domestic or international flight. She loved life and every amazing facet of it. Grateful for her many blessings and striving to live her life in keeping with the teachings of the Christian faith, Ruth was very philanthropic in her later years. She truly believed it was better to give than to receive and walked the talk, contributing to numerous charitable causes and social issues.
In addition to her parents, an aunt and all of her siblings, Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years and her eldest child, Bonnie Ruth Rogers.
She is survived by her other children, Jean Marie Hoffmann of Marion and Dr. James Earl (Debbie) Pastor of San Diego; niece, Gail Foltz Anderson, of Richmond, Va., who joined their family at age 8 after the passing of her mother (Ruth’s sister Virginia); and son-in-law, John L. Rogers of Delaware. Other survivors include five grandchildren; a foster grandchild; great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, (Ellen); Jim’s cousins (the Szaki girls), whom she regarded as sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Zion United Church of Christ, 51 W. Central Ave., Delaware, with the Rev. Jon Peterson officiating. The family will greet friends in the church basement during the hour prior to the start of the service, where they will be invited to share in a light meal.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion UCC, 51 W. Central Ave, Delaware, OH, 43015 or any organization supporting our troops or military vets would pay Ruth proper homage, as would thinking of her as you plant flowers or put out food for the birds that visit your yard.
Robinson Funeral Home, Delaware, is serving the family of Ruth Pastor.