Ruth Ann Abraham

June 18, 1939 ‒ January 25, 2021

Delaware, Ohio
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 (

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

  • I am so sorry to hear about this. Extending my sincere sympathy from the George Allison family in Wichita Falls, Texas. Prayers for her loved ones.

  • Mr. Abraham,Randy, Chris & Matthew, my prayers are with you. Ruth was so good to me . I always appreciated her kindness. May God be with you during this difficult time.

  • Ruth was a wonderful Christian woman and true friend. A true perfectionist
    And God be with her and her family. Prayers in her name.

  • I am so saddened to hear of your loss,my memories of your family and your mother are so fond. Ruth was such a wonderful lady and always so kind and caring. My heartfelt care and love to all of you.

  • My heart goes out to my brother, Norm, and his family in the passing of a caring and dedicated mother. Ruth was always there for her family and everyone will have many happy memories. From her homemade pizzas to the playing of card and board games, but not the game of Aggravation (lol). We will miss her!!!

  • Such a wonderful tribute to a woman who will have a special place with our Lord. We truly enjoyed spending time with Ruth and Norm at the White Lilly Chapel Dinners before the pandemic. Such a sweetheart and friend. Our sincere condolences to Norm and the Abraham Family.

  • We were heart broken to hear of Ruth’s passing. We have had so many wonderful memories of Ruth Whitey Chris Dale Rachel & Ashley’s families first at NASCAR races right threw to weddings and birth of grandkids. Ruth always made us laugh. She treated us like family. She is truly one of a kind and ww will miss her.Please know you are all in our thoughts, and in our hearts.

  • Matt and Mary, I am so very sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Please know I am here for you all if there is anything you need. Hugs to your family.

  • Aunt Ruth was always nice and friendly to me and my family. When I would see her at a family event, whether it was a reunion or holiday gathering, she always wanted me to sit down and visit with her. She always had a hug for me. We are praying for Uncle Norm, Randy, Chris and Matt..Love you guys

  • Matt and Mary I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.!! Prayers for all of you and God’s love to be with you all at this time. Sandy Barrows

  • Whitey and family – I am so, so sorry for your loss. I am lifting all of you up in prayers of peace and comfort. Blessings…. Tracy McAfee

  • My first boss at the Strawberry Farm. Ruth always made sure we were provided lunch with a sandwich and an ice-cold bottle of Coke. She was always one of the people I most looked forward to receiving a hug from whenever I saw her at Smeltzer Road/Cornerstone Alliance Church. What a wonderful woman with a huge heart for others. I will look forward to seeing you again someday!

  • So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. We met her through Chris and Dale at Cross Creek RV resort in Delaware and looked forward to seeing Ruth and Norm each summer when we vacationed there. We love the whole family and experienced the deep love and faith each time we were around them. Our beautiful Ruth will certainly be missed. Love and condolences to all.

  • Matt, Whitey and family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Never met your loved one, but she sounds like the most wonderful lady. Prayers of peace, strength and comfort in this most sorrowful time.

    Karin Smith-Davidson
    Former FCA employee/co-worker

  • Aunt Ruth was a special woman and I have many fond memories of her. We will truly miss this wonderful lady.

  • So sorry for your loss may God be with you and your family during this time and treasure all the sweet memories

    Love dale and Connie sherman
    And family

  • So sorry for your loss may God be with you and your family during this time and treasure all the sweet memories

  • Whitey and family,
    My deepest sympathies to all of you. Ruth Ann was always so nice. We loved coming to the strawberry farm every summer. May she rest in peace and God Bless you all.🙏

  • Ruth was such a sweet, sweet lady. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • We are so very sorry for all the Abraham family in the loss of your dear Ruth. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of mourning. Larry fondly recalls Ruth’s annual holiday delivery of chocolate chip cookies and Mollie was delighted to be included in this tradition!

  • So sorry we’ve lost another classmate and friend. Ruth was always such an upbeat, spunky lady even with all her health trials. Heart felt sympathy to all of you

  • To my brother Norman and his family, Randy, Chris & Matt,
    My heart is sadden for you all. Ruth was ornery & we loved to tease her. My arms are reaching out to help comfort all of you. Rest in Peace Ruth. We will miss you.
    We love you guys,
    Nancy & Tom Rensch

  • Norm and family, I am devastated to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was such a sweetheart and I enjoyed her so much. My deepest sympathy to Norm, Chris n Dale, Matt and the entire family. May God Bless you and give you peace and comfort during this time. Love and prayers,
    Brenda and Rick Howell

  • Norm,

    I’m so terribly saddened by the loss of the love of your life. I hope you’ll cherish all of the loving memories.

  • Dear Whitey….I am so sorry to hear of Ruths passing. She was the sweetest lady, and I so enjoyed our times together at Visible Changes.
    My condolences to you, Randy, Chris, Matt and all your family. May she rest in peace and you all find comfort in all the wonderful memories you made together…

  • Whitey, Joann and I want to send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. What a wonderful lady. My memories of her at our football games will be my relief from the sad feelings.

  • Norm, we are so sorry to hear of your and your families loss. You can tell Ruth had a strong influence in the family.

  • I am truly sorry to hear about Ruth. I’ve known Norm for many years and had the pleasure of meeting Ruth a couple of times when Norm was in Washington on business. It was also my pleasure to know their son, Matt. I consider myself fortunate to know a very fine family. I know Ruth will be missed and I also know she has left them with many, many loving memories.
    My deepest sympathies to Norm, Matt, and all Ruth’s family.

    Bill Criger

  • I just found out about Ruth as I was pursuing information on the passing of Larry Morse whose passing has just come to my attention. Cathy and I send our sincerest condolences to the Abraham family and particularly to Whitey. I worked with Whitey back in the 80s and early 90s at FCA. Ruth and Whitey were one of the most loving and giving couples I ever knew. Our most recent contact with them was about 15 years ago when they came through Nashville on one of their many camping trips. Rest in peace Ruth.

  • Our deepest sympathy to the Abraham family for the loss of a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother from the Davis family. May Ruth rest in peace. Our prayers are with all of you during this time. May God bless all of you and help you keep the fond memories close to you heart of Ruth.

  • We met Norm and Ruth when they started attending Central Baptist Church and have enjoyed getting to know them. Ruth was such a sweet, funny, spunky lady with a heart of gold, and she will be missed immensely! May God comfort Norm and the entire family with His peace that passes understanding and with the assurance that all who believe in Him will see her again.

    Hugs & Prayers,

    Kitty & Tina Thompson

  • We just learnt of Ruth’s passing, our sincerest sympathy to the Abraham family, Whitey and Ruth were our neighbors for over 30 years, we have missed those chats between neighbors since they sold their home. 🙏💔😢

  • God bless Whitey and your family. Ruth was a great gal and I’ll remember her for the fun person she was. We go back a long way; she will not be forgotten by anyone who knew her.

  • To my brother Norman and his family. Ruth was a special lady. Always had a smile on her face and loved to talk and tease and visit. Love you all

  • Dear Uncle Norm,
    We are holding You, Randy, Chris, Matt and families in prayer today as you Celebrate the life of Aunt Ruth. She was very kind and always had time to sit and chat. I have fond memories of her esp as a child growing up and visiting at your home. We are unable to be there today due to the risk with Covid, but we are certainly thinking of you all. Love you.

  • To my brother, Norm & Family,
    Sending our sincere Condolences to you all. She was Special wasn’t she? She had a Beautiful Smile everytime we meet. Her sweet fond Memories will live on in our Hearts forever. Treasure them. May they & the Good Lord bring Comfort & Strength today & in the days to come. We Love All of Ya.
    She is Loved & Missed,
    Betty-Ocala, FL
    Sheila & Chris-Ocala, FL
    Brian, Kandace & Children-Douglasville, GA