Ruth Lillian (Miller) Hess was born August 6, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Lillian Olivia Youngberg Miller and Rev. William George Miller. She was the eldest of her siblings William, Alice (Wheaton), and John.
Ruth studied music at Baldwin Wallace College and worked as a dental assistant before meeting John Knox Hess in the summer of 1943 in Lakeside, Ohio. They married on Christmas Day that same year and she joined John who was studying at the Boston School of Theology.
Ruth and John had six children who were central to their lives. Surviving family are Carol Pierce (Fenn Pierce) Cathy Norman (Jim Norman, deceased), Cinda Foulkrod (John Foulkrod), Charles Hess (Sue Hess) and Claire Tinkerhess (Paul Tinkerhess). Ruth is preceded in death by her husband John who died in June of 2012, her son Craig (wife Janet Hess Herbert) who died in 1995, her parents and siblings. Ruth also leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Ruth was a devoted wife to John, a United Methodist minister. Together they served Ohio churches in Cleveland, Coshocton, Poland, Mt Vernon and Akron. In addition to being a full-time wife, mother and homemaker, she was engaged with the spiritual life of the communities they served and always sang in the choir.
Ruth was a compassionate listener and a keen observer, who responded joyfully to the needs of others. Spiritually disciplined, Ruth practiced kindness and gratitude throughout her life, and bore witness through her smile to the power of love.
A memorial service will be held in the chapel at the Sarasota First United Methodist Church, 104 S Pineapple, at 2 pm on Wednesday December 30th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Dec. 29, 2015