Ruth Elinor Rausch, 93, a lifelong resident of West Mansfield, passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021, with family by her side.
Ruth was born on June 11, 1928, in West Mansfield, Ohio, to the late Harold Huffman and Donna (Norviel) Huffman. She married Harold Small on August 26, 1949, and he preceded her in death on June 8, 1962. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Major Ret. William Lynn Huffman.
Ruth married Arthur Rausch on July 3, 1964, and he survived only one day without her, passing away on Monday, November 29, 2021.
Ruth is survived by daughter Jill (John) Phillips of Zanesfield, grandson, Bob (Marla) Green of Bellefontaine; great-grandsons Lane Green of Fairfield; Hayden Green, Gunnar Green and Gavin Green of Bellefontaine; sister Jane Meier of Marysville; many Huffman, Norviel, Small and Rausch family members; and special forever friends.
Ruth was a devoted Christian and lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in West Mansfield and loved her church family. As a young woman, she held various jobs in West Mansfield, including telephone operator. She retired from Westreco in Marysville after a 27 year career there. She loved taking care of her dogs, talking on the phone to dozens of friends and family members of all ages, taking everyone’s worries on as if her own, and anything “sparkly”. She had a great and contagious laugh, and until the very end, had a sharp and quick wit. The words “She’s amazing!” were heard over and over again describing her courage and determination. Simply, she was a loving and loyal wife, mother, Gram, and friend.
Due to COVID precautions and Ruth’s wishes, a small private gathering and service will be held, and burial will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery in West Mansfield. The service will be available to watch Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. on the Wilson Funeral Home, Schnurrenberger Chapel Facebook page, @wilsonfuneralhome.schnurrenbergerchapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Mansfield United Methodist Church, 212 E. Center Street, West Mansfield, OH 43358. Arrangements are being handled by Wilson Funeral Home, Schnurrenberger Chapel 222 W. Center St. West Mansfield. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wilsonfuneralhomesinc.com
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West Mansfield United Methodist Church
212 East Center St, West Mansfield OH 43358