Ruth Ward

October 22, 1917 ‒ March 08, 2018

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Ruth Virginia Ward passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Liberty Nursing Center of Mansfield after celebrating her 100th birthday last year.

Ruth was born October 22, 1917 in Bellville to parents Ira & Ethel (Morgan) McDanel and graduated from Bellville High School with the class of 1935. On September 16, 1939, she married Charles M. Ward and they shared 64 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 2003. They are now together again.

Ruth worked in the cafeteria of Clear Fork Schools for 17 years until retiring in 1979. She was a founding member of McElroy Road Church of Christ of Mansfield and of New Life Church of Christ in Bellville where she was very active in the ladies church activities and served 50 years as Sunday School teacher. In spare time, she enjoyed quilting, sewing, and reading.

She is survived by a son and two daughters-in-law Paul & Cheryl Ward of Marietta, GA and Cathy Peterson Ward of Mansfield; four grandchildren and their spouses Maryelizabeth Ward of Marietta, GA, Carrie & Pete Rabquer of Mansfield, Ruthann and T.J. Rust of Huntington, IN, Mandi & Craig Green of Mansfield; great-grandchildren: Kennedy Rabquer, Jacob Green, Trevor Rust, Emalie Green, Lauren Rust and Levi Rabquer; a nephew and his spouse John & Marilyn Ward of Fredericktown and their children B.J. & Tomi Ward of Mt. Vernon, Jamie & Stacy Ward of Fredericktown, and Way & Tamara Ward of Marion; and great-great nieces and nephews Reagan Ward, Ransom Ward, Briar Ward, and Hunter Ward.

Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband Charles, son Dennis Ward, and sister and brother-in-law Geraldine & Howard Ward.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 6-8pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Rd). A funeral service giving glory to God for Ruth’s life will be held 11 am Wednesday at the New Life Church of Christ (195 W Durbin Ave) and friends are invited to call the hour prior. Pastors Dan Noe and T.J. Rust will officiate and burial will follow in Zion Cemetery near Butler.

Memorial contributions to New Life Church of Christ or Jefferson Township-Bellville Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Your loved one was a joy to know
    and a shining example
    of Christ’s love.
    Our deepest sympathy
    for your great loss.

  • Our condolences to the family of Ruth…what a wonderful Christian lady! She was so knowledgeable in God’s word and daily values of life! She is enjoying the heavenly rewards with our Lord, praise God!

  • What a great example of the Proverbs 31 woman Ruth was. Tom and I were blessed by her friendship and encouragement during our ministry at the Bellville Church. She and Charles are now reaping their rewards.

  • My condolences to Ruth’s family. She was a wonderful kind Christian lady. It was a joy to know her and talk to her about the Lord. She had a wealth of knowledge of the Bible.
    Deepest Sympathy,
    Marcia Wharton Kasper

  • Ruth was dearly loved and respected for her Bible knowledge and wisdom. Roy has talked so often about things he learned in her Sunday school class. She was a giving, loving woman, and a shining example of Christian living. God bless the family at this time.

  • We are so happy to have known both Charles and Ruth Ward. Ruth was such a wonderful woman in every way. Her Christian way of living and her teaching of our family and other lives was out-
    standing. Our condolences to the family.

  • I have so many wonderful memories of Ruth from growing up. I learned the books of the Bible and so many things from Ruth’s teaching. But more than that, I learned life lessons because of he Godliness. Her knowledge of Gods word was amazing and she could always give great advice….with that beautiful smile of hers. My life was certainly blessed by the knowing all of the Ward family!!!