Ruth M. Stevens
Ruth M. Stevens was born on Oct. 28, 1917 in Jerome to Robert Lee and Effie Chambers Penn. Ruth passed away peacefully on Tuesday (Dec. 6, 2011) at the age of 94.
She was one of eight children and three siblings preceded her in death, Hazel Hornsby, Lawrence Penn and Martha Jones. Four siblings survive, Albert Penn (Florida), Elmer Penn (Texas), Lillian Weaver (Texas) and David Penn (Ohio). She was a lifelong resident of Delaware County and raised seven children with her husband, Raymond on a small farm in Ostrander. Ruth described herself as a homemaker, but she was very active outside the home. Ruth was a member of the Scioto Grange, Ostrander United Methodist Church, Delaware County Farm Bureau, Ostrander Senior Citizens and a faithful 4-H advisor. She served as an election poll worker in Scioto Township for more than 50 years. She enjoyed the opportunity to visit with voters as they passed through to the ballot booth. Ruth supported all things family and farm related. She enjoyed gardening and each summer devoted time to her large array of flowers. She was an accomplished seamstress and taught all of her daughters how to sew. Ruth did not spend a lot of time sitting still. Even with shuffling children back and forth to their endeavours (sports, band, FFA), she found time to earn extra cash by painting and hanging wall paper. She always cooked the family’s favourite meal (chicken and noodles) every holiday. The Christmas treasure was always the homemade caramels hidden around the house for the grandchildren to discover. She especially loved the babies and would rock them and sing lullabies for hours. She encouraged all of her children to always “do your best.” Her words are carried around inside the heads of her progeny, “always do you best,” “you can do anything if you work hard,” “if you can’t say something nice, say nothing,” “the whole package is important — look good — do good — be good.” Ruth touched the life of anyone who met here with her smile and kindness.
She is survived by four daughters, Donna (Ronald) Bell, Barbara (Donald) Sherman, Phyllis Jean Stevens and Raydene (Rick) Rita — all in Ohio; two sons, Joseph (Betty) Stevens of Texas and James (Annette) Stevens of Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; a granddaughter, Judy Bell Jones; and her oldest son, Andrew Stevens.
Friends may call starting at noon until service time at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, 1510 W. William St., Delaware. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Ostrander.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Ruth’s name to the Ostrander United Methodist Church, 166 W. North St., Ostrander, OH 43061.