Ruth Swisher

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CHESHIRE — Ruth "Pauline" Herrmann Thompson Swisher, 87, a remarkable and virtuous woman, left this earth Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, and went home.

Pauline was born May 27, 1926, in the Pity-Me community to the late Royal Clayton and Sylvia Gail Herrmann, the first of five daughters, one brother who died in infancy and one half brother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her half-brother, Arthur McDaniel; and her first husband, Emmett Eugene Thompson.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Swisher, of Bidwell, Ohio; four children, Teresa (Marvin) Davis, of Beaver, Ohio, Roy (Pam) Thompson, of Bidwell, Dwight (Darla) Thompson, of Cheshire, Ohio, and Jon (Tami) Thompson, of Cheshire; two stepchildren, Ed (Tammy) Swisher and Joyce (Vince) Hill, all of Bidwell; beloved sisters Maxine (Bill) Little, Peggy Thomas, Wilma Parker and Karen Austin; two sisters-in-law, Polly Thompson and Pat Holter; 21 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Born and raised in Pity-Me near Cheshire, Pauline worked hard on her father's farm. She graduated from Middleport High School in 1944 and from the Cadet Nurses program at Holzer in 1947. She worked as an RN at Holzer Hospital for many years and then worked at GDC until she retired. She was a member of the Little Kyger Congregational Church.

These few words cannot describe this mother, wife, sister and nurse. She comforted many, loved many and worked so very hard. She married two wonderful men and was loved in return. Alzheimer's stole the last years of her long life. The family would like to thank the Alzheimer's unit staff at the Four Winds Nursing Facility for their loving care during her illness.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at the Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy with pastor Steve Little officiating. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire. Visitation will be held for family and friends two hours prior to the funeral service.

She had a hard ride, but a good one. Rest in peace, dear Pauline.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Little Kyger Church, Ladies Aid Society, 1884 Little Kyger Road, Cheshire, OH 45620

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Published in Gallipolis Daily Tribune from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2014