Ruth A. Ebersole

April 12, 1922 ‒ February 19, 2014

Marion, Ohio

Ruth Alice Eshman Ebersole, 91, passed away after an extended illness on February 19th at Heartland of Marion. She was born on April 12, 1922 in Marion, Ohio to Mary Gertrude (“Marie”) Burke Eshman and Henry Ward Eshman. A lifelong resident of Marion, Ruth was a homemaker and the loving wife to her husband, Dave, and devoted mother to her two sons, Jack E. Ebersole and David Allen Ebersole. All who had the privilege of knowing Ruth knew that she was truly one of kind – an angel among us. She was a woman of deep faith and dedicated her life to her family. When her oldest son, Davey, was born in 1941 with profound physical and mental disabilities she and Dave were warned by medical professionals that Davey would not live to his thirteenth birthday. Though Ruth would credit Davey’s longevity solely to God’s work, it was through Ruth and Dave’s unwavering care that Davey lived a happy life for 56 years – all at home with his parents. For more than 30 years, Ruth and Dave lived just 3 doors away from Ruth’s parents on Monroe St. in Marion. Ruth was her parents’ untiring caregiver in their latter years, as well. And, of course, she was by Dave’s side as he drew his last breath at their home in 2007. Ruth loved sitting on her front porch on summer days socializing with her neighbors. Her pleasant organ music could often be heard as one passed by the front door. Ruth was a founder of the organization known today as Marca Industries. The Marion Area Retarded Children and Adults, which became known by its acronym, MARCA, began as the first school for the developmentally disabled in a single room at the Marion County Children’s Home. Not only was she one of the founding parents of MARCA in 1953, but she remained active with Marion County MRDD, serving on various boards and committees for the next 53 years. Ruth knew that Davey and others who lived with acute disabilities deserved to live productive and dignified lives. She was a tireless advocate and was honored later in 2009 by Marion County MRDD. Though she outlived her children, husband, parents and 5 siblings, Ruth remained one of the most upbeat, cheerful, kind and gentle souls to all who encountered her. She possessed a tremendous sense of humor and loved to laugh. She was a doting great-grandmother to Alyssa who she loving called “Little Girl”. Ruth was a generous soul who never blinked when asked for help. She was widely admired and respected by her family, many friends and neighbors. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, children, husband and siblings – Nathalia (Deloss) Freshwater, Leo (Lilly) Eshman, Paul (Lois) Eshman, Edward (Ruth) Eshman, and Marjorie Eshman who died during childhood. She is survived by her two grandsons, Brad (Whitney) Ebersole and Todd Ebersole and her great granddaughter, Alyssa. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was a member of St. Mary’s Parish. Funeral arrangements are with Gunder/Hall & Folk in Marion where visitation will be Sunday from 2 – 5pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10am on Monday, February 24th at 10am at St. Mary Catholic Church at 251 N Main St. in Marion with Father Thomas Buffer presiding. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to MARCA Industries, 2387 Harding Highway East, Marion, OH. Online condolences may be expressed to

  • It won’ t be the same without hearing that laugh of yours, you and Dave have always been around my whole life. You will never be forgotten but will be greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts to your family in this time. Love Tina and Tracy Price and The Black Family

  • Aunt Ruth, you were there for me in the good times and bad times. I think of you everyday.. Will miss our conversations every week. I know you are in a better place. Give my love to all !

  • Brad and Family, My condolences to your family at this time. I know what a special lady Grandma was to all of you and to all of us. Thank you for allowing my mom to be a special part of her life and take care of her, I know how much she will miss her. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Our deepest sympathy to ruths family. We lived next door and enjoyed every moment with her. Her sense of humor, charm and grace were only a small fraction of what made her such a sweetheart. We loved her and will miss her greatly.

  • My condolences to my sister, Karen Ebersole at the passing of her mother-in-law Ruth Ebersole, and also to my nephew, Todd Ebersole at the passing of his grandmother. Ruth’s son Jack and Karen Ebersole were untiring caregivers in her latter years, as was Todd. You are both in my prayers,and I know God will help you both through your sorrow.

  • I just found out about your mother. So sorry to hear of her passing. My mother past in 1999 so you were blessed to have yours in your life til now. Just wanted to let you know that I will be praying for you and family.