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Mrs. Ruth P. White, 86, passed away peacefully at her residence Wednesday morning, Nov. 27, 2013. She was a longtime member of Fort Walton Beach First United Methodist Church. Mrs. White was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Macon, Ga. She graduated from Sylvania High School in Sylvania, Ga., in 1943. It was in Athens, Ga., at University of Georgia that she met and married the late John Augustus White on Aug. 13, 1949, after serving his country during WWII. The two moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1950 where John worked for 25 years at Eglin Air Force Base. Together, they owned and operated the Mariner Inn on Okaloosa Island for 32 years and they made countless friends along the way. Ruth had a love for life with a gracious southern style. She tirelessly fought the crippling effects of childhood from polio at age 5 and continued conquering those challenges throughout her life. After losing the love of her life, her husband John, she joined Fred Astaire and derived great pleasure participating and competing in ballroom dancing.
Mrs. White is survived by two daughters, Ruth White Landis (John) of New Orleans, La., and Deborah White Demmon of Fort Walton Beach and one son, Jerrold Douglas White (Martha) of St. Petersburg, Fla.; eight beloved grandchildren, Johnathon, Jourdan, Jared and Jarrett Demmon; Rachel Landis Minter (Tommy), Michael Landis and Charles Landis, and Shawn White; and numerous nieces and neph-ews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ruth Koelker Pfeiffer and Louis Otto Pfeiffer; brothers, William K. and his wife, Catherine Pfeiffer and Louis Otto Pfeiffer and his wife, Flora and Mary Louis Sims and husband, James Leonard Sims.
A visitation service will be held at McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013,from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Burial will be under the direction of Thompson Strickland Waters Funeral Home, 107 Singleton Ave, Sylvania, GA.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Polio Research Fund; National Insti-tute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Post-Polio Research.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.McLaughlinMortuary.com.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Dec. 1, 2013
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