Ruth Knight

February 17, 1924 ‒ November 27, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Impeccably dressed (including her 3 inch heels), Ruth Knight carried herself with confidence…. and a little sass.  More importantly she instilled that same confidence in her family.  A loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great-grandmother, Ruth left a legacy of love, self assurance, and faith in God. No longer bound by her earthly tent, Ruth has finished her race and kept her faith after passing away Monday November 27, 2017 in Mansfield Place.  She was 93.

The daughter of Paul and Gaynell (Widdowson) Wilt, Ruth was born February 17, 1924 in Cherry Hill Township, PA and graduated from Clymer High School in 1940. Three years later on June 8, 1943, she married George “Ernie” Knight.  Working as a real estate agent, Ruth and George ran their own agency.  She retired in 1980.

Ruth loved to shop.  She bought the best clothes and found the best deals.  Firm in her Christian faith, she often studied her Bible throughout the day.

Ruth is survived by her twin daughters Nanci Knight of Mansfield and Carol (Richard) Mowry of Mansfield, daughters Susan (Ronald) Graham of Newark, and Diane (Ralph) Santilli of Westerville; 16 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 14 great great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law William and Sharon Wilt of Largo, FL, Donald and Lee Wilt of Lawton, OK, Lois Wilt of Murfreesboro, TN sisters and brothers-in-law Vivian Foster of Callahan, FL, Joan and Bill Hill of Vaughnsville, OH, and Meredith and William Beck of Indiana, PA John Kelbaugh of Baltimore, MD; and nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband George Knight, brothers Lloyd and Edmund Wilt; sister Dorothy Kelbaugh; and an infant sister Marilyn Wilt.

Her family will receive friends Friday, December 1, 2017 from 11am-12pm at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 3716 Bellville North Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Ruth W. Knight will begin at 12 noon. Rev.Laura White will officiate.   Burial will follow in Caesarea Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio Health Hospice, Chapel Hill United Methodist Church or to the Christian mission of donor’s choice.

Online condolences to the family are encouraged by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

 

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  • To the Knight family, love and prayers as you go through this sad time. Dick and I had sooooo many wonderful memories, and many many laughs and fun times. Remember some of her favorite foods she served us. Our trip to Memphis with the young people of Caesarea They lived a full and blessed life. May God support you all as you go through this time of sorrow.

    Ellie Hitchman

  • To the Knight family, love and prayers as you go through this sad time. Dick and I had sooooo many wonderful memories, and many many laughs and fun times. Remember some of her favorite foods she served us. Our trip to Memphis with the young people of Caesarea They lived a full and blessed life. May God support you all as you go through this time of sorrow.

    Ellie Hitchman

  • Dear Diane,
    I have many fond childhood memories of your mom and dad. I remember when invited home with you after church, the table was always set for a formal Sunday dinner, after which they would retire to spend some quiet time together. Aware of my fear of cats, your mom took extra care to ensure Susan, Nancy or Carol “entertained” Peanut Butter Cat while we enjoyed our activities; sounds like a small thing but her kindness and concern meant a lot. When mom and I last visited, she still had that Wilt twinkle in her eyes; they reminisced of their days working in the church office together and being “Bible Sisters – Ruth & Naomi”. No greater loss than losing a family member, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • Susan, Sending heartfelt sympathies to you and all of the family. May God’s peace and strength be with you during this difficult time.
    Larry & Terri Galigher

  • Dear Dick and Carol and all the Knight family.
    You have our Deepest Sympathy to you and all the rest of the family.
    It is always hard to see our mother pass away, but we also know they
    are in a better place. Blessings to all of you.
    Pete and Carolyn Haip