She was born Jan. 12, 1947, to Raymond and Marie (Martin) Gates. Ruth was a graduate of Attica High School and worked for Maple City Rubber in Norwalk for over 30 years. She was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoyed working the church festivals. She was a Cleveland sports fan, enjoyed feeding the birds, and frequenting casinos. Ruth had a passion for helping others and her pride and joy was the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Rhonda Carroll of Monroeville, Melinda Carroll of Fort Myers, Fla., Christopher (Katie) Carroll of Monroeville, Lisa (Bob) Carroll of Sandusky; 10 grandchildren, Kayla, Karlene, Austin, Adyson, Aiden, Kacey, Emma, Blake, Carter, and Colleen; siblings, Joann Showalter, Sharon (Gerald) Ruffing, John (Mary Kaye) Gates, and Bev (John “Ted”) Thurston; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Rose Daniel and Marilyn Hanline; one brother in infancy; and brothers-in-law, Gus Showalter and Chuck Hanline.
Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Pfeil Funeral Home, Monroeville Chapel, 109 Monroe St., Monroeville. A funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 66 Chapel St., Monroeville. The Rev. Ron Schock will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Monroeville.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 66 Chapel Street, Monroeville, OH 44847.
Condolences may be shared with the family at pfeilfuneralhome.com.