Hart, Ruth M. May 28, 1928-October 30, 2012. Ruth Marie VanDoren Vest Hart, a loving wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and loyal friend passed away on October 30, 2012 at the age of 84. She was born in Perryville, Missouri. She was married to Ray Vest, who preceded her in death on November 28, 1963 and Romuald "Rod" Hart, who preceded her in death on October 30, 2001. In her own words Ruth stated she was "put on this earth for a job, and that was to raise my family and that is what I have done." A job she did quite well. Ruth is survived by her son Randy (Mary) Vest; son Steve (Mary Ann) Vest; daughter Susan Vest (Mark) Greenstein and daughter Ginger Hart (Craig) Pierce; 11 grandchildren (their spouses) and numerous great grandchildren whose numbers continue to grow each year. She is also survived by sister Virginia Prost, with whom she spoke every day; brother Charles VanDoren; sister Marge Mills; along with numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. Grandma Hart will always be remembered for her love of each grandchild and how she made each grandchild feel cherished and special. Ruth was loved and admired as a protective mother who supported and individually encouraged each child to love life and achieve their potential. A loyal and active Catholic, she could often be found at morning mass or saying a rosary for her family; a family of faith within many denominations, for which she was always proud. Her body is donated to St. Louis University for the pursuit of medical science. The family will be holding a memorial Mass and remembrance service for Ruth at a later date. At Ruth's request donations to St. Vincent de Paul-Food Pantry National Council of the United States, 58 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO. 630433706 can be made in her memory. Simply stated by Ruth is her belief that "no one in our country should ever go hungry."
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Nov. 4, 2012