Ruth E. Heiby

November 14, 1921 ‒ March 14, 2010

Marion, Ohio

Ruth E. Heiby, age 88, of Marion, went to be with her husband and with the Lord on Sunday afternoon, March 14, 2010, at the Kingston Memory Care following a five year battle with Alzheimer’s.

On November 14, 1921, Ruth was born in Marion County, Ohio, the youngest of nine children of the late George and Anna (Seiter) Leffler. She graduated from Pleasant High School, where she loved playing on the basketball team.

On June 7, 1942, Ruth married her loving husband, Donald A. Heiby, in Marion shortly before he left to serve in World War II. Together they shared over sixty six wonderful years of marriage and a strong family bond. Always putting their family first, Ruth and Donald faithfully took care of the needs of all of their family. When anyone would become ill, they would be the first to arrive, taking care of their home and making all of their meals. Also, no matter the distance, if their children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren were in an event they would do everything in their power to make it. Donald preceded her in death on October 5, 2008, and they are now together again.

A woman of faith, Ruth was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, where she loved to sing in the choir.

Faithful members of the Marion Senior Center, Ruth and Donald enjoyed the many activities there with their friends. Also, Ruth gladly volunteered to use her special gift of cooking for various events.

With a love for traveling, Ruth and Donald enjoyed many family trips and cruises, and they had especially fond memories of their cruise to Alaska.

Having an amazing ability to cook, Ruth could make a special meal at the drop of a hat and she always insisted for all of her family and friends to stay for dinner. The holidays will forever hold a special place in the heart of her family, as they remember the warm homemade meals and wonderful memories of their time together. She also had a special knack for making the very best pies.

Always having a positive outlook on life, Ruth made the most of every situation. Her concerns were never for herself, as she and Donald did everything they could to accommodate everyone else.

Ruth will be dearly missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Rita Heiby of Columbus, three grandchildren: Kelly (Derrick) Heiby of Columbus, Joseph (Valeria) Heiby of Grove City, and Brian (Kristin) Barringer of Dublin; six great-grandchildren: Staley, Trenton, Perry, Brianna, Sylvia and Brooklyn.

Including her husband and parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her son, Robert E. Heiby; and her eight older siblings: Emma Leffler, Clifford Leffler, Mildred Kaelber, Viola Walton, Fred Leffler, George Leffler, Pauline Lust, and Paul Leffler.

The Heiby family will greet friends from 3 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2010, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services celebrating her life will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 4535 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, with Pastor Carol Ramseth officiating. Burial will follow in Waldo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marion General Hospice, 278 Barks Rd. W., Marion, Ohio 43302, Trinity Lutheran Church, 4535 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, Ohio 43302, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 3380 Tremont Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43221.

Ruth’s family would like to express a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone involved with Marion General Hospice and Kingston Memory Care, for the special compassionate care they provided Ruth.

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