Marilyn Louise Ruff

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Ruff Marilyn Louise Ruff, 85, passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2014. She was born November 12, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Roy and Louise Benadum of Lancaster, Ohio. Marilyn graduated from Lancaster High School, Lancaster, Ohio, and Office Training School, Columbus, Ohio. She was a secretary-bookkeeper for Haning's Inc. in Lancaster and later a paralegal secretary in Athens, Ohio. Marilyn was preceded in death by her beloved husband John A. Ruff in 2000. Marilyn is survived by their four children, Carol (Jim) Skoog of San Jose, California, Ellen (Jeff) Mordas of Hatfield, Pennsylvania, Linda (Jeff) Haynes of Hilliard and Glenn (Ann) Ruff of Gahanna; as well as their 14 grandchildren, Karin and Stephanie Skoog, Brandon, Taren, and Melina Mordas, Timothy, Nicholas, Andrew, Daniel, Salynn, Sadie, and Patrick Haynes, and Kaleigh and Devin Ruff. Known for her love of geography and outstanding mapping skills, she enjoyed camping in forty-eight states and Canada as well as traveling throughout Europe. Her focus was her children and extended family. Her children remember her for her unrivaled organizational skills and her dedication in researching family genealogy. An extremely hard worker, she maintained many fruit trees and an extensive vegetable garden, evolving into a family tradition of pressing cider and cooking applesauce each summer. Marilyn was a member of OCCL and was the church historian for Peace Lutheran Church. Friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME, 650 W. Waterloo Street, Canal Winchester. A funeral service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 28 Elm Street, Canal Winchester at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 14. Interment Forest Rose Cemetery, Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Peace Lutheran Church or OhioHealth Kobacker House/Hospice in memory of Marilyn. Online condolences at

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Canal Winchester, OH 43110
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 12, 2014
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