KING, RUTH ANN, 87
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Gainesville - Ruth Ann King of Gainesville, FL died peacefully at her daughter's home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013. Ruth was born in 1926 in Pittsburgh, PA to Michael and Veronica Wasecko Repasky. She graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing as an RN. She entered the US Navy Nurse Corps at age 21 and served as an Ensign Navy Nurse for three years, during which time she met her husband Howard in a military hospital.
After moving to Gainesville in 1960 with her husband and four children, Ruth returned to nursing in 1968 at the UF Shands Teaching Hospital as an RN in OB/GYN until retirement in 1978.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Col. Howard E. King, her parents, five siblings, and two grandsons, Brett King and Derek Benicewicz. She is survived by six siblings, her children Charles (Cyndi) King of Arlington, TX, John (Candice) King of Gainesville, FL, Drs. Pamela (Brian) Benicewicz of Columbia, SC, and Patricia (James) Smith of Gainesville, FL. Ruth is additionally survived by nine grandchildren: Matthew (Karen) Lehnen, Brittany King, D.V.M., Christina King, Brandt (Amanda) King, Kathryn King, Daniel Lehnen, Leigh Ann Benicewicz, Ashlyn King, and Trevor King; and two great grandchildren, Connor and Owen Lehnen.
Ruth had a passion for gardening, singing, and reading. Ruth was one of those rare individuals who provided unconditional love, a smile and always a kind word. Previous activities she enjoyed in Gainesville were the Gainesville Women's Club and the Gainesville Choral Group.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ACORN Medical and Dental Clinic: acornclinic.org, or E.T. York Hospice Center.
Published in Gainesville Sun from July 6 to July 9, 2013