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Ruth Moloney Cowgill
Ruth Moloney CowgillCrucifixRuth Moloney Cowgill, 95 of Marysville, died August 15, 2021 at the Memorial Gables.  
She was born December 5, 1925, in the country home of her parents, Edmond and Ethel (Saum) Moloney in Marion County and died after a blessed and full life.

A child during the Great Depression, Ruth graduated 1943 Prospect High School during World War II.  She was employed in the offices of the Huber Manufacturing Co., Scioto Ordnance Plant until the war ended, and then Marion Steam Shovel.

On June 27, 1948 she married Dr. Edward Cowgill at St. Mary’s Church in Marion, where she had been baptized as an infant.  They shared forty-one wonderful years together.  He proceeded her in death November 5, 1989.

Ruth was a devoted wife and loving mother.  Her happiest years were spent as a stay-at-home mom as she and her husband raised their four children, Alan Cowgill, Springfield; Pamela Johnston of Marysville; Keith (Mary) Cowgill, New Albany and Dr. Kevin (Cindy) Cowgill, Marysville.   She cherished her 8 grandchildren, Wendy (John) Bowles, Christopher Johnston, Edward Cowgill, Colleen Cowgill, Brittany (Scott) Spitnale, Mark Cowgill, Samantha (Jacob) Irwin, and Jessica Cowgill, and five great grandchildren, Jonathan (JC), Chase, Max, Aria and Kaydence.

In addition to her husband, and parents she was preceded in death by her son Keith Cowgill and by five brothers and their spouses, John (Rosella), Bill (Thelma), Bob (Patricia), Eddie (Helen) and Albert Moloney.

Ruth is survived by her 3 children, grandchildren, one sister, Rose Harty of Marion.  She was an aunt to many nieces and nephews.  

She was elected to serve on the first Parish Council of St. Joseph’s Church in La Rue and for many years, chaired the Social Committee of the Women’s Guild.
After their last child left home for college, she became a Red Cross Volunteer and truly loved working at the reception desk of Marion General Hospital for over 39 years.

In 1982, following her husband’s retirement, they enjoyed vacationing many winters in Florida in their motor home.

Ruth was Chairperson of Richwood Park Day annual fund raiser, for over twenty years.  Proceeds were used to purchase 12 new pieces of playground equipment, an Amish built gazebo and many, many other park improvements.

In 1997 Ruth was chosen ‘Grand Marshall” of Richwood’s Christmas Parade by the Richwood Business Association.

In 2003 she was Chairperson of “Ohio Bicentennial” celebration in Richwood, sponsored by the “Ohio Bicentennial Committee of Union County” and the “Village of Richwood”, and served on the Board of Directors of the Richwood Civic Center.

Ruth wrote the history for Prospect ‘class of ’43 for their 50th alumni.  She was also the author of five books, “Edward and Me,” “Ruth’s Rhymes”, and “On Grandfather’s Farm”, 95 Years Of Wisdom” and When The Clock Tower Strikes Hospitality”.  

She enjoyed writing poetry and won a First Place in Ohio Poetry Contests for two of her poems, “Caution Mother’s” and “The Ripe Plum”.  In 1989 Ruth was chosen “Poet of the Year” by the Marion Poetry Club and her poetry was often published.

In 2006 Ruth moved to Marion and often wrote “Guest Columns”   published in the Marion Star.

In 2012, Ruth was nominated for the Pearl S. Roberts award for “Outstanding Community Service by a Senior Citizen” of Marion County.

Ruth was a member of St. Mary’s Church and St. Mary’s widows group.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Marysville, on Friday August 20, 2021 at 11:00 am, presiding will be Father Kevin Kavanagh. Burial will follow at the Claibourne Cemetery, at 2:30 pm.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood is assisting the family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Memorial Gables

Memorial contributions may be made to Lady of Lourdes Church, Marysville, Ohio. or St Vincent de Paul, Marion, Ohio.

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#1 from: Rita Rubeck Headington Parker
Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 5:52 PM

My sincere sympathy to Ruth's family - Ruth was a fine lady who will always be remembered by many people in Richwood.

#2 from: Wayne Evans
North Canton, Ohio
Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 9:11 AM

Mrs Cowgill was a great hostess and friend as Kevin and I would play as kids. God bless you all.

#3 from: Barb McKnight Parish
Stuart, Florida
Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 9:15 AM

My sympathies on losing your Mother. She lived a rich, full life.

#4 from: Sherry Northrup Pirics
Sidney Ohio
Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 10:26 AM

So sorry for your loss...prayers for your family

#5 from: Sandy Davis
Plano, Texas
Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 10:33 AM

To the entire Cowgill family: My condolences to everyone, especially my friend Pam, you are all in my prayers and thoughts. May her memory be a blessing.

#6 from: Nancy Pacha-Virgil Hoffman
72 W.Heffner St. Delaware,Oh. 43501
Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 10:46 AM

Kevin,Cindy and Family So very sorry to hear of Ruth's passing.She will be truly missed by all.

#7 from: Dee
Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 1:24 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss.She definitely lived a very full life!My thoughts and prayers to the family.

#8 from: Rona penix
Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 3:22 PM

Sorry to hear of Mrs.Cowgills passing.my thoughts and prayers are with you!.

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#10 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 4:42 PM

Our deepest sympathy,thoughts and prayers to all. She was a very active part of the community and raised her family well. May God comfort you all in your time of sorrow.

#11 from: Lynne S Ledley
Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 8:45 PM

Ruth had a great gift of organizing, supporting and promoting our Richwood community and our history for many generations to come. Richwood was blessed to have the Cowgill family and will be missed.  Ruth's writings reflected that love of preserving the past for future generations to come.

#12 from: Tom Guy and Gail DeGood-Guy
Thu, Aug 19, 2021 at 7:12 AM

Sending our condolences for your loss.

Thu, Aug 19, 2021 at 10:56 AM

Pam prayers for healing with the loss of your mom

#14 from: Beckie McMahan Congrove
Thu, Aug 19, 2021 at 3:48 PM

Dear Kevin and Cindy and Cowgill Family, remembering with you, your wonderful Mom.  The community will all miss her
smiling  face and wonderful, giving personality.  Sending prayers and  regrets for loss.  Sincerely, Mike and Beckie Comgrove

#15 from: johna nibert
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 1:55 AM

So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Prayers for all. She was a wonderful person

#16 from: Paul&  Betty Jo Shoup
Upper Sandusky Oh
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 9:16 AM

Dear Cowgill Family                    
We have. very fond memories shared as neighbors on Clinton St
Ruth was a beautiful lady.
Paul and BettyJo  Shoup

#17 from: David Ring
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 10:25 AM

Kevin and Family,
How well I remember your mother and her supportive spirit of our schools, and her kindness.  Please know that today we are sending our condolences.

Your ole teacher, David Ring

#18 from: John, Linda & Carol Hoch
4443 Dunbar Rd  Prospect, Ohio 43342
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 10:56 AM

Please accept our sympathies on the passing of your mother/grandmother.  Both your mother and father were wonderful people.  Their concerns and help with our health and wellbeing were genuine and heartfelt. They were caring and gracious. Again, our condolences.  

#19 from: Laurie Ross
Remington, IN
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 1:11 PM

We send our sincere condolences.  The Ross Family

#20 from: Bill & Connie Cowgill
Marion, Ohio
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 1:54 PM

A Grand Lady that I respected and occassionally had the enjoyment of talking about Family. Sorry for your loss.

Best to all of you.


#21 from: Ruth Anderson
Greencamp, Ohio
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 5:02 PM

I want to send my love and prayers to the family of my dear friend Ruth Moloney Cowgill.
God bless each and everyone of you.

#22 from: Pam DeGood
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 9:55 PM

Alan, I just heard about your mother. I am so very sorry for your loss.  Will keep you and your family in my prayers.

#23 from: Debbie Lawyer
Sat, Aug 21, 2021 at 5:39 PM

Pam, I am so sorry to read this sad news.  Your mom was always such a nice person.  She certainly accomplished a great deal during her life and will be fondly remembered.

#24 from: CLARA DUNHAM
Sat, Aug 21, 2021 at 9:57 PM


My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.  May God give you the peace you seek during this difficult time in your life.

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