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Ruth I. Rowland
CIRCLEVILLE: Ruth I. Rowland, 87, of Circleville, Ohio. She passed away on August 7, 2014. "Our beautiful mother has safely passed into Heaven's Gates to join her beloved family and friends. She is free of pain and all her disabilities. She was not only a breast cancer survivor of 20 years, but surmounted other great physical infirmities with grace and dignity. She excelled in home decorating, needlepoint, cooking, and composing her autobiography for her family."
She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Letha (Tatman) McNichols; sisters, Opal Wheeler, and Violet Williams; brothers, Owen, Gilford, Kenneth, Nolan and Charles McNichols; an infant daughter, Janice Kay Absher and Jack Rowland her second husband.
She is survived by brothers and sisters, Lloyd (Jeannie) McNichols, Melvin (Edna) McNichols, Donna Pickett, and Thelma Brokaw; two daughters, Connie Marshall of Clarita, California, and Karen S. Absher Winters (Michael) of Canyon Lake, Texas and Kerri Denise whom she raised from birth. She is also survived by six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Ronald Barr, a loyal and trusted friend.
Graveside services will be held at Mt. Carmel Church on August 8, 2014 at 2pm. Chaplain Jim Ferrell will perform the services.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Humane Society in memory of Ruth and her beloved cat, Nickey or Mount Carmel Cemetery, 24908 Pole Ridge Road, South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152 for upkeep of the cemetery.
The family greatly appreciates the wonderful care provided by the staff at Brown Memorial Home. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share a special memory of Ruth.
Defenbaugh-Wise-Schoedinger Funeral Home
151 East Main Street Circleville, OH 43113
Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on Aug. 8, 2014