Ruth Alice Parrott
November 07, 1924 ‒ August 12, 2020
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.
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