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Ruth I. Baker Douffas went home to be with her Savior, in the arms of the angels, on December 26, 2012. A celebration of her life will be conducted on Saturday, December 29, 2012, 3pm at the Cardwell funeral home. Visitation will also be on Saturday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Funeral home. She was met at the pearly gates by her husband Gust John Douffas of 53 years, her parents, one son-in law, Ronald Naedele and one grandson, Justin Collins, along with all of her 7 brothers and sisters and many other relatives. Ruth was born in Berea, Kentucky on February 28, 1924. Ruth retired from the U.S. Federal Government and moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1979. While with the Treasury Department Ruth received a 5 gallon donation pin from the American Red Cross. Ruth traveled during her civil service career, met with many celebrities while supporting the U.S. Savings Bond initiative and was a guest at the white house with numerous U.S. Presidents. Ruth has worked for the Lord all of her life. She was a Sunday School teacher for 44 years and a deaconess at First Christian Church of Capital Heights in Maryland. Ruth served as President of the Christian Women's Fellowship at South Daytona Christian Church and was lovingly known as "The General". After the passing of her husband in 1995, Ruth served as the Leader of the Singles over Sixty group. Ruth served as a Camp Fire Girl Leader in Prince Georges County, Maryland and other volunteer services included being a "pink lady" at Ormond Memorial Hospital, Director of Vacation Bible School, Secretary of the Ridgecrest Apartment Association, and Assistant to her daughter Ann at Daytona Beach Community College. Ruth was a long time resident of Holly Hill, Florida and was recently a resident of Grace Manor Assisted Living Memory Care. Ruth was lovingly known as "Ge: to her grandchildren, their friends and all the many other children Ge mentored. Ruth is survived by her three daughters, Ann Hill Palmieri, (Frank Palmieri) of South Daytona Florida, Violet Douffas Collins (Bob Collins) of Apollo Beach, Florida and Lovada Douffas Anderson (Mark Anderson) of Boyce, Virginia, her three grandchildren, RonnAnn Naedele Risha (Ernie Risha) of Swedesboro, NJ , Jason Collins, of Port Orange, Florida and Christina Baxter (Rick Baxter) of Alliance, Ohio and her three great grandchildren, Devin Collins of Port Orange, Florida and Mitchell and Madison Ruth Baxter of Alliance, Ohio. Contributions can be made to Halifax Hospice of Volusia Country or of America. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Cardwell Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared with the family at


Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2012
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