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Ruth James Cording

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Ruth James Cording formerly of Wheaton for 76 years A memorial service for Ruth James Cording, 96, a resident of Escondido, Calif., will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the chapel of Wheaton Bible Church at Main and Franklin, Wheaton, Ill. Interment will be private in Wheaton Cemetery. Born May 23, 1911, in Auburn, N.Y., to Edward and Zella James, she died Monday, May 5, 2008, at Aegis of Escondido in Escondido. Ruth married Edward A. Cording on July 23, 1935, in Auburn. A graduate of Wheaton College (B.A. 1933) with a major in literature, Ruth received the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award from Wheaton College in October 1996. Ruth and her husband were longtime members of the Wheaton Bible Church. Teaching and writing had been a large part of Ruth's life and ministry. She served as college archivist, special instructor in children's literature, and for many years assisted in the C.S. Lewis Collection at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College. She was a member of The National League of American Pen Women, Chicago Branch. She had authored and published a number of books including, "C.S. Lewis, A Celebration of His Early Life" (2000), "The Joy of Remembering Our Guests" (1982) and "The Joy of Remembering Our Children" (1984). The Ruth James Cording Welsh Language and Literature Collection was opened in 1993 at the Wheaton College Archives and Special Collections. Ruth was gifted in hospitality, a devoted wife and mother, and enjoyed the fellowship of family and friends and the ministry of the church. Her beloved husband of 62 years, Edward A. Cording, was executive director of the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College from 1948 to 1970, professor emeritus and also worked with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) from 1971 to 1990, he died Aug. 12, 1997. Ruth's brother, Dr. Paul S. James of Deltona, Fla. preceded her in death in July 2001. Ruth is survived by three children, Dr. Edward J. Cording (Norma Cording) of Savannah, Ga., Robert P. Cording of Valley Center, Calif. and Dr. Margaret Cording Petty (Thomas Petty) of Boran-sur-Oise, France; and her grandson, Evan James Cording of Philadelphia, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Wheaton College, designating the Edward A. Cording Scholarship Fund. Friends may sign a guest book at hultgrenfh.com or for more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home in Wheaton at 630-668-0027.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 9, 2008
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