Ruth E. “Betty” Palmer

October 12, 1935 ‒ July 08, 2017

Gambier, Ohio

Ruth E. “Betty” Palmer, age 81, of Gambier passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at her home. She was born on October 12, 1935 in Mount Vernon to the late Francis and Hazel (Hayes) Blubaugh.

Ruth graduated from Mount Vernon High School. Later she became a Foster Parent for Knox County Schools.  Ruth enjoyed hunting and fishing and would fish at Knox Lake along with Foundation Park.

She is survived by her sons, Michael McManis of Mount Vernon and Andrew McManis of Mount Vernon; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Marjorie Kleer of Howard; nieces, Kathy Kleer and Karen (Rick) Reddick; nephew, David Kleer.

Besides her parents, Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Palmer; sister, JoAnne Blubaugh and brother, Ronald Blubaugh.

A private celebration of life service will take place at a later date.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Ruth E. “Betty” Palmer.

  • Mike and Kathy, I’m so sorry to here about your mom. She was a dear friend of mine and Bubba. please call me at (740)397-7798. If there is anything I can do give me a call. We miss her dearly.

    Love, Annie and Bubba

  • Kathy and family, She was a beautiful person , with a Amazing soul, a great friend , a wonderful neighbor, she is missed dearly . You’re all in my thoughts and prayers. I am very sorry for your loss….

  • Was so sorry to hear of Miss Betty’s passing. I too am a foster grandma and know what a loss this will be for the Learning Center. The lives that she changed will forever be remembered. She gave such encouragement and hope to the kids when they couldn’t seem to find it. She always put herself last and her unselfish mannerisms always shining through. I’m sure God has a special place for you on the other side. Until I see you again, Miss Deb

  • Was sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a dear friend and horse riding buddy in years back. We spent many hours riding horses together and being very adventurous- spent many many hours riding to Gambier and back and under the viaduct bridge on our horses-sharing all things. I have read many articles about her in the paper as a foster grandmother and seen her last year at Bob Even’s, where we reminisced of our old times together. She will be so missed by so many but leaving so many great memories behind for her remaining family. God will take good care of her.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Betty’s family and friends. I worked with Betty at The Knox Learning Center. She made such a difference in our students lives. She was caring, compassionate, and alway listened without judging. She always made my day a little better by talking with me every morning. Betty was constantly pushing food and candy on me, which I absolutely loved! I will miss her so every much.

  • Sorry to hear about Aunt Betty’s passing. She was such a very sweet lady .loved her bunches.Prayers for you Mike and Andy.I know Dad thought a lot of Aunt Betty.