Ruth Margarite Jesse

Ruth Margarite Jesse

MADISONVILLE, KY: Ruth Margarite Jesse, 82, of Madisonville, KY, passed away November 22, 2012, at Hillside Villa Care Center in Madisonville.

Ruth was born in Mansfield, Ohio on December 29, 1929 to the late Louise Anschutz Wise and Walter Wise.

Ruth was raised and spent much of her life in Mansfield and relocated to Madisonville in the late 1970s. She worked for the Housing Authority, first in bookkeeping and later in renter placements. Ruth attended First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She loved to read, play cards, bird watch, and she especially enjoyed the game of Scrabble. In her younger days she worked as a secretary, dabbled in creative writing, took art lessons, and was happy to let her home be grand central station to her children's friends in their early years.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane (Stephen) Palmer of Madisonville; and son, Michael (Kathy) Jesse of Indianapolis, Indiana; and four grandchildren, Sara Palmer, Sam Palmer, Meredith Brooks and Helen Jesse.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 2:00 PM at Barnett Strother Funeral Home and officiated by Reverend Don McLaughlin. Visitation with the family will be from 12:00 PM until the service hour.

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Published in the News Journal on Nov. 27, 2012