Ruth Alice Parrott

November 07, 1924 ‒ August 12, 2020

Bellville, Ohio

Ruth Alice Parrott, 95, died ­­­­­­August 12, 2020, in Bellville, Ohio. She was born November 7, 1924, in Wauseon, Ohio, the third of six children, to Ralph A. and Alice Knight Howard. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years Edwin Ralph Parrott, Sr., her parents, a sister (Florence), and two brothers (Robert and Ralph, Jr.).

Ruth graduated from Worthington High School in 1942, where she was the senior class treasurer and the president of the Franklin County Honor Society. She attended The Ohio State University and also attended classes at Ohio Northern University to maintain her teaching certificate.

During World War II, Ruth took the train to Little Rock, Arkansas, to marry Ed on August 5, 1944. He was on a weekend leave from the Air Corps flight school where he was an instructor. Eventually they bought a small farm in Morrow County where they lived for over 30 years and taught school at the Washington-Bloomfield building in Iberia, Ohio. In her later years, Ruth lived in the Candlewood development near Mount Gilead, and in Bellville, Ohio.

She is survived by her seven children: Ed, Jr. (Cindy), Teresa (John Rhoads), Polly (Brenin Hill), Dennis (Martha), John (Carolyn), Richard (Ruth Ann), and Kenneth (Patty); 18 grandchildren: Matthew Parrott, Mindy Farley (Charles), Rebecca Armrose (Scott), Jessica Remy (Michael), Megan Lawson (Ryan), John Rhoads (Leah), Kathryn Rivera Torea (Juan Pablo), Lucas Rhoads (Wendy), Benjamin Hill, Adrienne Williams (Dustin), Peter Hill (Corie), Jeffrey, David (Lauren), Adam (Ashley), Joshua (Diane), Zachary, Zane, and Zoe Parrott; 17 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Lydia, and Adalyn Farley, Andrew, Nicholas, and Anna Armrose, Heather, Jason, Tyler, and Jackson Rhoads, Dylan and Carter Williams, Kane and Reid Parrott, and Jonah, Milo, and Owen Parrott; 3 step-grandchildren: Kevin (YeMei) and Steven (Jessica) Hammond and Sarah Lutz; and 3 step-great-grandchildren: Avery Lutz, Alexander Hammond, and Lily Burris.

Ruth is also survived by her two sisters, Janet Fulton (Melrose, Florida) and Louise Belt (Johnstown, Ohio), her sisters-in-law, Carolyn Howard (Sunbury, Ohio), Helen Ruth Dittmann (Roseville, California), and Joanne Parrott (Phoenix, Arizona), and 25 nieces and nephews and their spouses and families.

Ruth was an active member of Iberia Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Mount Gilead, Ohio, United Presbyterian Women, and her local Mother’s Club and PTA. In her last years, Bellville Presbyterian Church embraced and ministered to her. She taught elementary school while raising her family. Ruth loved attending her children’s and grandchildren’s school sports events, and she supported and cheered their efforts at the Morrow County Fair. She was an avid bridge and euchre player. She fostered the family-wide love of summer trips to the cottage at Wamplers Lake in Michigan and never stopped enjoying fishing and swimming there. A bright and lively woman, Ruth loved reading, music, sports and games, cross-stitching, and sewing. Her Christian faith was the bedrock of her life as a farm wife, mother, teacher, and engaged citizen. Her home was warm and welcoming. Most of all, she loved her children, grandchildren, and extended family so deeply that each one believes he or she was her favorite.

The family extends grateful thanks and appreciation to the staff at Country Meadow Care Center for their attentiveness and care for Ruth during the last two years.

Ruth will be cremated at Snyder Funeral Home in Lexington. There will be no calling hours and no service at this time.

Contributions in her memory can be made to the Northmor FFA and can be sent to 7819 St. Rt. 19 Galion, OH  44833.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Ruth’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them below.

  • To the Parrott Family:

    I was very sorry to hear of your Mom’s death. I have many great memories of her as a role model at the Iberia Presbyterian Church where she was so active. She was my Sunday School teacher for several years. And of course, we grew up with your family living right across the road from my grandparents and we always had alot of fun together. And some in our family had your Mom for their schoolteacher at Iberia, although I was not one of the lucky ones. My sympathy to all of you.

  • Our thoughts and prayers for the Parrot Family during this difficult time. Ruth was so kind to all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

    Dana Lehman and Family

  • To The Parrott Family,
    The Gail B. Smith family…John, Diana, and Shanna send our most sincere condolences. May you seek solace in the Lord’s grace, and peace in your memories. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all! 🙏

  • We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. This is a hard time for everyone. I remember when she was excited to get the picture book of Johns 7 th grade basketball team! Hugs to all of you. ❤️

  • So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. We did not know your mother well but when she was in your presence you could always tell she was well loved and respected. A real example to all.

  • Terry and family,
    What a full and beautiful life so well-lived! Our prayers are with you all for many happy memories.
    Larry & Diana Wagar

  • Our sincere sympathy for the loss of your dear Mother /Grandmother . She was my teacher in 7 th grade . I remember her taking leave when Ken was born . Then bringing him in for us to meet .
    She raised a wonderful family .

  • What a wonderful woman that touched so many people. I had her as teacher.
    Went to school with her children. I can say she was a teacher that made a difference in my life. God give you comfort and peace.
    God Bless

  • The Paul family and the Weaver family send love and our deepest sympathy.

    Ray, Pam, Brooke, Tyler and Marley ❤️

  • Dear Parrott Family,
    We send our love and heartfelt condolences to each of you in the death of your dear mother. God bless and comfort you. You will be in our prayers.

  • Polly,

    You have a wonderful legacy with your Mom and I know that you will meet again for eternity awaits us all. She is walking on streets of GOLD and Sherry and I wish you the peace that passes all understanding.

    > Bernie & Sherry Mock

  • Though a temporary pain, we still grieve the loss here on earth. Praying peace, strength, perseverance, and joy for the whole family.

    Love you guys Brenin & Polly!

    Mike & Diana Snyder

  • Dear Parrott family,
    Jerry and are were sad to hear of your mother’s passing, but we were so glad to have known her and you children. The Parrott family was such a profound good example of living done right and left a love of learning and integrity. May God’s peace and comfort be with you all.
    Karen (Ruth) and Jerry Christensen

  • My love and best wishes go out to all of the family .I wish I could be with
    you to share your grief, Ruth was a loving and caring person all of her life.She
    will live on in our memories. I am glad she was a part of my life. God be
    with you.

  • To the Parrott family,
    Our condolences for your loss. Mrs. Parrott was a wonderful woman and a wonderful teacher. I will always fondly remember the Iberia 5th grade class that met in the basement of the Presbyterian Church with Mrs. Parrott as our teacher.
    I was lucky to have both Mr. and Mrs. Parrott as teachers. Apparently a bunch of what they tried to teach me stuck.
    Prayers for peace.
    James “Skip” Robinson

  • To the Parrott family –
    I am thinking of you at this time of your loss. My condolences to all of you. Mrs. Parrott was a great teacher and of all the things she taught, I remember her gym class at Iberia with fondest memories. She and Mr. Parrott were both fantastic educators. I will always be grateful to have been the beneficiary of their talents.

    Becky Robinson Clark

  • I have such fond memories of that big Parrott family that lived on the Iberia Road just a mile or so from our place. I am picturing Ruth and my mom together again, reminiscing about church and family happenings of days gone by. I hope that your faith and happy memories will ease the pain of this loss.

    Keeping you in prayer,
    Sandy (Creswell) Woosley

  • We wish and Pray for you Polly and your family to be comforted in your MOM passing – but what a relief to know that she is with our LORD. We love you and consider it a blessing to know you and Brennan. We Thank your MOM for raising such a fine daughter.

    In Jesus name,
    Wayne & Joyce Hefty

  • Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers. Will never forget Mr. and Mrs. Parrot as teachers and neighbors. Great family to have known. Thinking of all during this difficult time.

    Barb Brovont Hansen

  • Parrott Family,

    A life well lived, sorry to hear of Mom/grandmother’s passing. All of you have our sympathy.

    Ed & Carol (Whitney) Sickmiller

  • I was not privileged to know your mom, Terry, but it sounds like she has touched many lives in a loving and caring way. It is so difficult to lose a parent or loved one, but you were blessed with a very special Mom.My love, prayers and condolences are with you. God bless you and your family.

  • John and family,
    I’m am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. I have fond memories of her as a teacher, your Mother and our neighbor. Sounds like she lived a wonderful life and raised beautiful, successful families

  • John and Dennis, we never met your mother, but it sounds like she had a wonderful life. It’s truly a blessing to have a Godly mother and the whole Parrott family surely has many special memories. Roy and I send our sympathy to all of you.