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Ruth Dietrich
Ruth DietrichEasternStar In loving memory of Ruth Johnston Dietrich, age 91. formerly of LaRue, Ohio died peacefully on October 7, 2007 at Kentwood Extended Care in Augusta, GA.

Ruth was born on March 30, 1916, in Pittsburgh, PA, the youngest daughter of Elmer Parke and Anne (Booth) Johnston.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Richard A. Dietrich, her brother Willard Westerman Johnston and her two sisters Anne Elizabeth Johnston Klemm and Dorothy Eleanor Johnston Kier. Ruth is survived by her five children; Dr. Gail (David) Miller of Augusta, GA, Dr. Richard A. (Bryn Kesterson) Dietrich Jr. of Oldsmar, FL, Judith (Chris) Cashwell of Mooresville, NC, Dianne Lyday of Baltimore, MD, and Phyllis Sanders Siverhus also of Augusta, GA. Ruth has six grandchildren; Bart David (Heather Cromer) Miller, Dr. Julie Miller (Shilo) Dennard, Jason Charles Lyday, Bryan Thomas Lyday, Fred Lamar “Sonnie” Sanders IV and Richard Dietrich Sanders and 12 Great Grandchildren.

Prior to her 2001 move to North Carolina then Georgia for health reasons, Ruth was very active in the LaRue United Methodist Church, the LaRue and Elgin Schools and many community activities and clubs including the Medical Auxillary, Eastern Star, LaRue Park Board and town council, J.A.M. and Happy Tyme. Besides spending time with her family and friends, her great love was needlework at which she excelled.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday October 13, 2007 at 1:30 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue.  Minister will be the Rev. Edward W. Fugate. Burial in the LaRue Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home in LaRue from 6 to 8 PM on Friday October 12, 2007.  

Those who wish may make contributions to the LaRue United Methodist Church, 116 N. High St. LaRue, Ohio  43332.

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#1 from: Cheryl Oehler
Sun City, Arizona
Tue, Oct 9, 2007 at 10:47 PM

Dear Phyllis and family,
I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May your warm memories be a comfort to you at this difficult time. Please know you are in my daily thoughts and prayers.
Cheryl Oehler

#2 from: M.J. Knapp Insurance Agency Inc.
Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 3:37 PM

What a wonderful lady!  My mom (Marilyn Knapp) and Ruth would play Bridge together on many occasions in their earlier years. She loved teasing Ruth incessantly and they had a very rewarding relationship.
I was one of Dr. Dietrich's young patients long ago and still remember him well. I often tell my son about Dr. Dietrich and his wife. In fact...one of my son's best friends lives in their old home on the corner of Section Street.
Ruth has been missed around our little town for quite some time.....it's nice to have her home.
Bless your hearts in your time of sorrow.


Jennifer (Knapp) Conroy

#3 from: kay and peter
duxbury mass
Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 6:11 PM

Gail, Richard, Judy, Dianne, Phyliss and Families

Please know we are thinking of you.

Love ya,  Kay and Peter

#4 from: Barbara Wittibslager-Photiades
Port Orange (Daytona Beach) Florida
Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 10:09 PM

I am sorry for your loss.  Your Mother and mine, Peggy Wittibslager, go back a long time.  They were boy scout Mother's together, friends and your father was not only our family physician but like a member of our family.  Your parents had a great impact on our community and our lives.  Mom died last year, June 8 at my home here in Florida and I was by her side.  She remembered your family fondly.   Sincerly, Barbara

#5 from: Joyce Loflin
Kentwood Augusta Georgia
Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 10:38 PM

Dear Dietrich Family,
   I was really sorry to hear of Ms. Dietrich passing . I extend my deepest sympathy to your family during this difficult time. May you know that my prays are with you. Joyce LOFLIN

#6 from: Arlene Blue Cooper Erhart
Grand Rapids  Mi
Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 7:17 AM

I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing.  She was a lovely person.  I am glad she was near her family at the end.  I will keep all of you in my prayers.  

#7 from: Leslie Legge
Akron, Ohio
Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 6:49 PM

I want to express my sincerest sympathy to the family of Ruth Dietrich. Phyllis is a childhood friend of mine and I am so sorry for your loss.
Whenever I would spend the night at the Dietrich's, Ruth always prepared the most fabulous meals and she was always such a loving presence.  

#8 from: Jack and Kathi Minor
Augusta, Georgia
Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 9:04 PM

Dear Gail and David,
We know it is tough to lose a parent. Just remember that she is in the most fanastic place surrounded by the most fanastic, loving relatives and friends. We wish you the best during this difficult time. Hope you get the chance to see friends and family. You two are so special to us and if there is anything that we can do, please let us know.  
Jack, Kathi, Stephanie and Trey Minor

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