Ruth N. Laird

February 27, 1925 ‒ April 14, 2016

Marion, Ohio

Ruth N. Laird, age 91 of Marion, passed away on Thursday April 14, 2016 at Marion General Hospital.

Ruth was born on February 27, 1925 in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Rev. L. Harrison and Naomi (Strayer) Ludwig. Ruth graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She devoted her life to teaching in the Marion city schools for over 25 years.

Ruth volunteered her time at Marion General Hospital; she was honored for her devotion of over 30,000 hours of service. She served as past president of Twig 5 and chaired the Twig council. Knitting was a hobby of Ruth’s and she made many things for the new born babies at the hospital.

Ruth is survived by her son Paul Allen (Beth) Laird of Eagle River, Alaska; and her brother Marvin Ludwig.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband John Laird and her brother Dean Ludwig.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday April 19, 2016 at Epworth United Methodist Church, 249 East Center St., Marion from 10AM to 11AM; Funeral services will follow at 11AM with Rev. David Hoffman officiating; Burial will be in Marion Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church in memory of Ruth N. Laird or the charity of one’s choice.

The Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Laird family and condolences may be expressed to the family at


  • Paul, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. I have a lot of fond memories of her when we were growing up. May pleasant memories help sustain you in your time of grief. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • Marvin, Paul,

    it fills us with grieve but also fond memories when we think of our American Mom and Grandmother who has passed away. Marion was home for all of us in many visits over decades as well as we received the visit of Mom and Dad in Argentina, Sweden and Germany. In my personal and professional carreer, the stay with you all in Ohio was an extraordinary period of education, growing up and family love, unforgettable. Our children were always grateful to have American Grandparents that loved them.

    our thoughts will be with you!
    Klaus, Heidrun and Annegret, Axel and Cecilia from Germany

  • My husband and I both had Mrs. Laird as our math teacher at Eber Baker Junior High School in the late 1960’s. One memory that we both have of her was her extraordinary skill of detecting and naming the type of gum a student was chewing…before instructing said student to throw it out immediately!
    Mrs. Laird was an extremely good math teacher and we both benefited greatly from her instruction. She generally had a straight forward, no-nonsense character, although I do remember her saying more than once, when someone knocked on the classroom door, “Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly.” I have repeated that saying occasionally throughout my life, always fondly remembering Mrs. Laird.
    Our condolences to her family.

  • Paul
    Condolences on the passing of your mother. I remember her as teacher at Baker Jr. High being very tough but never unfair. We could use more teachers like Mrs. Laird today. She was a big influence to a lot students during her teaching career and you undoubtedly are very proud of her. My thoughts are with you.


  • Mrs. Laird was my business math teacher at the Harding Freshman Building for the 9th grade 1974-1975. She helped me appreciate and respect Mathematics and I still do to this day tho through the years and numbers Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus did not always like me! Thank you Mrs. Laird!
    Kevin McKinney

  • Mrs. Laird was an excellent if demanding teacher well appreciated by her pupils. It is good that she is being celebrated !

    With sympathy,

    Mary V

  • Dear,Paul and Beth
    I was saddened that I could not attend Ruth’s memorial. She was a dear friend of mine and will be missed.