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Mishawaka-Ruth V. Ross, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family, Monday in her daughter's home.
Born May 19, 1921, in Montgomery County, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Earl Ellis and Lillie Banta Ellis; her sisters, Norma Bush, Dorothy Clark, Jean Baker and brother, Earl (Buck) Ellis, Jr. and her son-in-law, Terry L. Jackson.
On Aug. 17, 1946, Ruth married Phillip C. (Bus) Ross in Frankfort, Indiana. He passed away April 16, 2016. Surviving to celebrate her memory are their children, Rhonda Ross Jackson of Mishawaka and James Ross of Ballwin, Missouri; their grandchildren, Susan (Michael) Redman of Chicago and Julia (Robert) Wille of Cincinnati, Todd (Sarah) Ross of St. Peters, Missouri and Tristin (Derek) Harper of St. Peters, Missouri. She loved her visits with their eight great-grandchildren, Jackson and Catherine Redman, Avery and Estelle Wille, Ellie and Locke Ross and Sophie and Daphne Harper. To her numerous nieces and nephews she will always be "Aunt Ruth."
Ruth and was a 1939 graduate of Washington High School, where she was a member of the girls' basketball team. After graduation she was inducted into Beta Sigma Phi—international women's social, cultural and service organization.
Over the years, Ruth picked up golf and became a champion league bowler. She loved watching all sports and during their winter trips to Florida, Ruth and Phil spent many afternoons attending baseball training games.
Ruth was a lifelong learner and her family and friends often sought her advice on every practical matter from sewing to car repair. She was a gifted seamstress adjusting patterns with the precision of an engineer; designing amazing pieces including doll clothes, costumes, school clothing and wedding gowns.
Following yet another passion, Ruth earned her Indiana Cosmetology License through The House of James, where she was an instructor for several years.
Her husband's career required several moves through Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Pennsylvania. She was an expert at organizing the family's household and never hesitated to become an integral part of each community, making lifelong friendships with every move. As Phil's administrative assistant, Ruth was the first person you met in their office and she never forgot a client's name.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. Eighth St. Mishawaka, IN. The Rosary will be recited in the funeral home at 5:30 p.m. A memorial Mass will be offered Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Bavo Catholic Church, 511 W. Seventh St., Mishawaka, IN. Private interment will be at a later date in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Chippewa Township, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Hill & Kunselman Funeral Home, Inc., 3801 Fourth Avenue (College Hill) Beaver Falls, PA 15010 will be in charge of those arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Hospice Foundation Supporting Center for Hospice Care: South Bend-Elkhart-Plymouth, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545
or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN https://www.stjude.org
To leave the family an online condolence, please visit our website at www.hahnfuneralhomes.com.
Published on October 28, 2016
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