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Ruth Maxine Simpson
Ruth Maxine SimpsonAvonRuth Maxine Simpson, 90 of Richwood, died February 8, 2017.  She went to be with the Lord surrounded by her loving family.

She was born October 6, 1926 in Union County to the late Truman and Florence (McKitrick) Lowe.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Jean (Lowe) Norviel, a brother, Richard Lowe, and a brother-in-law, Jack Norviel.

On October 25, 1947 she married Robert N. Simpson and he died September 18, 1999.

She was a loving, dedicated, compassionate and generous wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Richwood since 1958 and served as communion chairman for several years and also served as membership secretary for 32 years.  In addition to those duties, she also sent sympathy and get well cards to members of the church for 13 years and helped with bible school for many years.  Ruth was a member of the Progressive Mothers Club of the CCL, a member of the VFW Post 870 Ladies’ Auxiliary, and a member of the Richwood Civic Center.

Ruth worked on the election board for 42 years, worked at Adjutant General Depot in Columbus, at Harding’s in East Liberty, and for several years at Scotts in Marysville.

Ruth was an Avon Representative for the Richwood area for 31 years.  She graduated from Raymond High School in 1944 and had attended all class reunions up until this past summer.  She enjoyed traveling and attending the 509 Parachute reunions with her husband, Bob, which were in many different states.

She is survived by her sons, Ronald B. (Vicky Wilson) Simpson, Waldo; Robert D. (Nancy) Simpson, Marion; a daughter, Rhonda Sue (Joe) Lane, Marion; a brother, Donald (Vivian) Lowe, Marysville; grandchildren, Rachelle Simpson, Crystal (Daniel) Orians, Jennifer Simpson, Jill (Nicholas) Nowacki, Brittni (Chris) Meadows, Jared Lane, Veronica and Josh Alexander, Karie Ferguson, Ellen (Luke) Hodges; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Ashton Meadows, Brooklyn and Willow Orians, Camryn Caudill, Damon, Riley and Liam Hodges, Zachery and Olivia Alexander.

Funeral services will be Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, Richwood with Pastor Joe Rhea officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 PM at the funeral home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church, 18 S. Fulton Street, Richwood, OH  43344

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#1 from: Sue Cramer-Clem
Bellefontaine ohio
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Ruth and my mother became very good friends when they lived on Edgewood Drive. She was such a special and close friend after my father passed away, I was so glad my mother had her for a friend. Ruth was a very special lady and I am so glad I got to know her. So sorry to hear of her passing but know she is home and among family and friends. She will be missed. Sue Cramer Clem

#2 from: Becky Jacobs Rynders
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 3:37 PM

Family, your Mother was a wonderful example of what kindness was all about. As a little kid I remember Ruth coming to our house selling Avon.  My Mom, Henrietta Jacobs, loved your Mom.  I can still hear her laugh.  Keep her memory alive.
Becky Jacobs Rynders

#3 from: April Patrick Gray
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 3:41 PM

So sad for you and your family at the passing of your mother. I remember her taking me school clothes shopping with you one year.  One evening when I was staying with you she prepared the best pot roast I think I have ever eaten!  Later, I would purchase Avon from her. I'm sure you have many loving memories!  My heartfelt sympathy for you and your family.  You were truly blessed to have such a wonderful woman to be your mother.

#4 from: Virg and Jani Rankin
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 3:53 PM

Family, You had such a wonderful giving Mother.  We would ride to Avon meetings together and had so many laughs.  She was a good Christian lady and showed a lot of grace.  Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in the coming days.

#5 from: Randy Evans
Camden, OH 45311
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 3:59 PM

Ron, Bobby, and Rhonda, I am so sorry for your loss. All of you we're great Neighbors and Ruth was the best. It saddens me that she's gone. You have my heartfelt sympathy. Randy Evans

#6 from: Dr Wayne Evans
North Canton, Ohio
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 4:28 PM

Especially to Rhonda, we're from the same class all through school...sometimes on the same school bus. I'm sorry to see that you've lost your mother. I lost my dad ten years ago. We miss our parents when they're not around anymore. So I pray that the Lord will strengthen you and bless you (and your whole family). Warmly, Wayne

#7 from: Barb Eastman
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 4:48 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss. Mom and dad used to have a lot of fun with your mom and dad. My parents were Donna and Herb Ferrell.

#8 from: johna nibert
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 5:19 PM

All of Ruth's family. So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. You have my sympathy.

#9 from: John and Kay Coder
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 5:26 PM

John and I so sorry to hear about the lost of Ruth.We had so many good times with she and Bob. I can still here her voice asking if you would like a cup of coffee . Indeed she was a kind loving person.And will be missed by many.

#10 from: Judy Nickel
Richwood, Ohio
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 5:38 PM

Dear Ron and everyone who loved Ruth,  So sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother, Grandmother, friend, teacher, and companion.  Ruth was such a sweet, loving friend.  May God wrap His loving arms around each of you and give you peace, comfort, love, and understanding!  God Bless!

#11 from: Patrice Ford
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 6:25 PM


#12 from: Rita
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 6:38 PM

I had the privilege to take care of Ruth, while she was still living in her home. She was such a wonderful woman who will be missed very much. We have had many conversations about Christ our Savior and I am sure Ruth is having the time of her life with Our Lord.Until we meet again my dear friend.

#13 from: Tom & Linda Taylor
Englewood  Florida
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 8:54 PM

We would like to send our condolences to the Simpson Family.  My family was one of those Simpsons also.  Once again we are sorry for your loss.  

#14 from: joe jerry sloop
 richwood ohio
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 6:41 AM

Ruth was a lovely lady and always smiling. She graduated with my aunt so we always had something in common. Bless your family at this time.

#15 from: Don & Darlene Krawczyk
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 8:39 AM

Ruth was always such a friendly, pleasant lady.  Sending our sincere sympathy in your loss.  

#16 from: Ginny Stewart
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 12:50 PM

Ron, I am so very sorry for your loss, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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#18 from: Betty Lowe (Hull)
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 5:33 PM

What a beautiful lady in every way.  Prayers for comfort in your loss.

#19 from: Randy Cheney
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 5:00 AM

when I was a child I remember Ruth coming to the farm and selling Mother Avon products. My Mother always looked forward to buying something from Ruth and spending time visiting with her. I always enjoyed seeing Ruth at church. She never failed to have a warm, welcoming smile. May our Lord envelop you in His gracious arms and ease your heartache. Ruth has surely joined Him, walking Heaven's streets of gold and taking new residence in her Heavenly mansion.

#20 from: Vicki L. Rank
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 10:02 AM

So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a classy lady. Always dressed to the nines and so polite. I know she will be greatly missed.

#21 from: Sharon Stinemetz
Prospect Ohio
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 11:36 AM

Ruth was awesome Avon  person and a very happy lady I will miss her my prayers go out to her family  god bless

#22 from: Larry & Jan. Dunn
Marysville- l Leesburg, Fl
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 3:56 PM

Rhonda, Bob and Ron   Our thoughts are with all your family in the passing of my dear friend, Ruth.  I have precious Memories when she would come to chat and listen thru our family's medical problems.  She was a sincere loving person.  Also, remember the fun times, celebrating our birthdays with the gang, turtle suppers, cranking ice cream.  MEMORIES WILL LIVE ON and she made so many.  Love to all her family.

#23 from: Imogene Welch
Salt Lake City Utah
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 5:57 PM

Family ....I was friends with your Mother for 68 years. We belonged to the same card club with Ed And Bob for years. I always stopped to see her when I came back to Ohio for a visit. I have many fond memories of your Mother.

#24 from: Aaron and Sue Wright
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 6:16 PM

So sorry for your loss.  

#25 from: Dave/Deb Tevis Clayton
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 7:14 PM

Rhonda, Ron, and Bobby...
Wow, Ruth was blessed with a long life. She touched so many people including me with Avon products, sleepovers with Rhonda and just her overall kindness.
Reading the obit speaks volumes...
She will have a full life ahead with no pain or pressures.
God Bless,
Dave/Deb Clayton

#26 from: Teresa Zachariah
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 7:15 PM

So sorry to hear we lost a member of our VFW Aux. 870. She was also a dear friend to my Mother, Leona Zachariah. RIP Ruth

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