Loretta Elizabeth Ruth

July 05, 1934 ‒ July 10, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Loretta Elizabeth Ruth passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Marion General Hospital. Loretta was 85 years old and lived most of her life in Marion.

Loretta was born in Marion on July 5, 1934 to the late Debs A. and Hazel Margaret (Townsend) Ambrose.  Loretta graduated from Harding High School in 1952.  Shortly after graduation, Loretta married Donald Delano Ruth on March 1, 1953.  Donald passed away August 5, 1982.

Loretta worked for many years as an inventory clerk for Probst and Johnston Supply companies.  She also worked for seven years at Meijer in their deli and two years at County Inn and Suites as a front desk clerk.

Loretta was a straight shooter always letting others knows what she thought; however, she loved her family more than anything and would bend over backward to help especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  In younger years she was an active bowler and belonged to several leagues traveling across the country.

Loretta is survived by her children, Phillip Ruth of Marion, Debbie DeVore of Marion, Kathy (Russell) Lewis of Mt. Holly, NC., Jeffrey (Penny) Ruth of Cincinnati, and Elizabeth Ruth of Marion; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Richard and Larry Ambrose and Marilyn Joan (Robert) Ault of Marion and numerous nieces and nephews.

Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; parents, Debs Ambrose and Hazel Johnson; and siblings, Francis Bud Ambrose, Virginia Jane Britz and Delores Rose Rumpke.

Visitation will be held at Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, 360 East Center St., Monday, July 15, 2019 from 10 am until 12 noon.  A 12 noon funeral will be held at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Frame-Meeker Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Loretta’s honor to Snyder Funeral Homes to assist in funeral expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Loretta’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • She was a good lady we always had fun. In the deli she was. Well like so, sorry again for your lost

  • Sorry for your loss. I worked with Loretta in the deli. She was always a hard worker. For me she was a great friend. Listening to stories, she also gave great advice about life. I was in my early 20’s and appreciated her so much. She’ll be sadly missed. A woman with a good heart.

  • Dear Phil, Debby, Kathy, Jeff and Elizabeth,
    So sorry to hear about Aunt Loretta’s passing. Hugs to each of you. I wish I could be with you for the funeral, but we will not be able to make it to Ohio. I have so many fond memories of Aunt Loretta at family gatherings or when I stayed with you as a kid. I remember she loved to read and I always admired that trait! My heart weeps with yours and my prayers are for God’s peace to comfort you all.
    Hugs and Love,
    Karen Ruth Christensen

  • Debbie, Phil, jeff, Kathy and Elizabeth my heart hurts for you. Blessings to all of you. .joyce noe

  • I am so very sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. Hold your memories close to your heart. She has not gone far. Prayers and hugs to you all.