Ruth White
1931 - 2020
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Ruth White, 89, of Strabane Woods, Washington, formerly Hickory, passed away Thursday, September 17, 2020, in Strabane Woods, Washington.
She was born April 24, 1931, in Washington, a daughter of John ""JT"" Thompson and Mary Downie White.
Miss White was a 1949 graduate of Hickory High School and graduated from Geneva College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.
She served with the U.S. Navy for five years from 1953 to 1958 with stations in New York City and Washington D.C.
Following her military service, she became a physical education teacher for the Fort Cherry School District where she worked for 20 years.
Ruth was a lifelong member of the Hickory United Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder, Sunday school teacher and member of the choir.
She enjoyed photography and all things John Deere.
Surviving are three nieces, Marty Beard Snodgrass, Anne Vale Torrence Lalama and Chrystine Torrence Murphy; three nephews, Glenn E. Torrence Jr., John Thompson Torrence and Harry R. Torrence; and many great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and her church family.
Deceased are two sisters, Martha Beard and Mary Vale Torrence; a nephew, Bruce Beard; and a special niece, Lois Ruth Beard.
Due to the present circumstances, services and interment are private. A memorial service will be planned for a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, Owner/Supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342.
Ruth was very grateful for the many cards and visits that gave her much joy and comfort.
The family is appreciative for all the staff of Strabane Woods who took excellent care of Ruth and became her second family. They also want to acknowledge 365 Hospice nurses and aides who took so much care ensuring Ruth's comfort the last few weeks.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contribution to the Hickory United Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 210 Main Street, Hickory, PA 15340 or Geneva College, 3200 College Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.
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Published in Observer-Reporter on Sep. 19, 2020.
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September 23, 2020
To Marty and family. I am sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was my home room teacher and later a colleague when I taught at Fort Cherry in the early 70’s. She was also a great friend to my mother Nancy Bell. I am sure you will miss her. She was a wonderful person. Sincerely Linda Bell Kraeer
Linda Kraeer
September 20, 2020
I have such great memories of Ms. White. She gave me a tough challenge of the tennis court! She was a good, caring woman. Sheila Hicks Carter, Fort Cherry Class of 1964.

Sheila J. Carter
September 20, 2020
Ruth was always a friend of my family. I first met her as she was my gym teacher at Fort Cherry. She was one of my biggest fans, as I was an athlete in high school and college. She was always so friendly when I returned home for visits seeing her at church or at her house in Hickory. She was kind and caring and always interested in what you were doing. Rest in peace Ruth, enjoy the reunion with your family members.
Janet Marquis
September 19, 2020
I am so sorry to hear this news. Ruth White was my gym teacher all my years as a student at FCHS. I was in gym class the day that JFK was assassinated and it was Miss White that told our class as we sat in the back of the auditorium. My condolences and Prayers for her family.
Julie Vincenti
September 18, 2020
To Ms. Whites family....Ruth was my former gym teacher and Colleague of mine at Fort Cherry. As one of her students she was also a great advisor when I needed help. She was so kind, knowledgeable and also gave me a Christian viewpoint..which I treasured. I hadn’t seen her for awhile and then she and her sister were at the Covered bridge festival where she bought several pieces of my sister in laws stained glass....I looked forward to seeing her every year after. I know she is with her family and is whole in peace Ms. White.....
Lori (Slates) Vance
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