Ruth Ann Abraham
June 18, 1939 ‒ January 25, 2021
Formerly of Marion, Ohio
Ruth Ann Abraham, age 81, of Delaware and formerly of Marion, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 25, 2021, at home surrounded by her loving family following an extended illness.
On June 18, 1939, Ruth was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the second of five children of the late Irvin H. and Edna Mae (Wegner) Packer. She lost her mother when she was only 6 years old, after her father raised the children he married the late Carrie “Mildred” (Edgell) Packer. Ruth graduated from Chesterville High School in the class of 1957.
During school, Ruth fell in love with one of her classmates, Norman (Whitey) Abraham. They started dating in the 10th grade and from there were married a few months after graduation, on August 17, 1957, in the Chester Baptist Church. They shared sixty three wonderful years of marriage and lovingly raised three children: Randy, Christina, and Matthew.
As a loving homemaker, Ruth took great pride in caring for her husband, children, and their home. She was a perfectionist, always making sure her home was immaculately clean and tidy. Also, on the side, she cleaned for several businesses and she cleaned the homes of many of her family and friends. She truly loved taking a messy home, and making it spotless. Ruth and Norm had a four-acre farm, Abes Berry Farm, at their home, where he did most of the gardening and she supervised. They together loved sharing the abundance of produce being berries and corn and much more with family and friends.
Very faithful, Ruth enjoyed attending the Central Baptist Church in Marion. She also was a former member of the Cornerstone Alliance Church in Marion.
Sharing a love for traveling, Norm and Ruth went camping as often as they could, and they enjoyed many family vacations together. They traveled much of the United States in their RV, 5th wheel camper, visiting friends and family, with Yuma, Arizona, being one of their favorite destinations. They spent most of their time at Cross Creek Camping Resort in Delaware Ohio; meeting wonderful people and gaining many friendships, which Ruth cherished deeply and spoke of often. Wherever they went, she made sure to bring a deck of cards that brought everyone together and usually ended in roars of laughter.
The matriarch of the family, Ruth was always there for her family. She went to as many football games as possible to watch Norm as a referee, she kept track of penalties and flags thrown by each referee and at the end of the game the crew anxiously awaited for her stats, which she loved to share. She also enjoyed watching him play softball. She was the biggest fan of her children and grandchildren, again attending as many of their sporting events and activities as possible. She cherished every moment with her grandchildren, always making the most of their time together, often taking them to the hot dog stand in the mall, to Subway, or to Pretzel Time. She also loved the holidays, and baked her famous chocolate chip cookies at Christmas for her family and friends.
Ruth was such a sweet and caring woman, whose smile would light up the room. She also was very outgoing, making fast friends with anyone and everyone, telling them stories about her beloved family and favorite cat Zimp. She also was very passionate about her hair and nails. She never had a hair out of place, and only she and her cherished hairdresser were allowed to touch it.
She will be dearly missed by her husband, Norman “Whitey” Abraham of Delaware; three children: Randy (Sara) Abraham of Bonita Springs, FL, Christina (Dale) Radel of Delaware, Matthew (Mary) Abraham, and Patty Abraham, all of Marion; eight grandchildren: Eric (Jill) Abraham, Ryan Abraham, Rachel (Justin) Wickline, Ashley Colmenero, and Gerardo “LC” Colmenero, Zachary and Seth Abraham, Drew Johnson, and Andrea (Stephen) Parisi; eight great-grandchildren: Owen, Ethan, and Hannah Wickline, Leland, Elana, and Gratian Colmenero, and Annabella and Anthony Parisi; one sister, Betty (Ron) Kunze of Lutz, FL; two brothers: Richard “Dick” (Sue) Packer of Radnor, and Dave (Maxine) Packer of Mount Gilead; a sister-in-law, Linda Packer of Mansfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Larry Packer.
Her family will greet friends from 10 am to 12 pm on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at the Central Baptist Church, 2816 Marion-Waldo Rd., Marion. Services honoring her life will follow there at 12 pm, with Pastor Ryan Strother officiating. Masks will be required and social distancing guidelines encouraged in the church. Anyone who isn’t feeling well should stay home and watch the live stream of her services via the Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DenzerChapelSFH).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tranquility Hospice, 1949 W. Central Ave., Suite C, Delaware, OH 43015, or to the Y Men Service Club Scholarship Fund, PO Box 275, Marion, OH 43302.
Her family would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to the wonderful individuals of Tranquility Hospice; OhioHealth’s Home Health Care team; and numerous friends and family members for all of their tender, loving care and support towards Ruth and her family.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Ruth’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.