Ruth (Rykert) St. John (1917 - 2019)

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Ruth St. John, 101, of Trenton passed away peacefully Jan. 9, 2019 at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born on March 24, 1917 in Batavia, N.Y. to Irving and May Rykert. She graduated from Batavia High School and Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing.
In 1941 she enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an Army nurse in India for the duration of WWII. Her years there were a great highlight of her life. Lord Mountbatten was among the wounded that she treated.
Shortly after returning to the states she met and married Ronald St. John Sr. of Batavia and together they raised five children on their dairy farm in nearby Oakfield.
In 1986, after the passing of Ron Sr., Ron Jr. relocated the farm to Chiefland and Ruth followed shortly thereafter.
She had a servant's heart and her passions included sewing and computer embroidery but she also excelled at cooking and baking for family and friends.
She entered Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center after suffering a stroke at age 90, where she lived out her life surrounded by family and a wonderful, loving nursing staff. She was an inspiration to many and will be forever remembered for her adventurous and gracious spirit and joy of life. She is survived by a son, Ron St. John Jr., and his wife, Marcia (Bastow); her daughters, Helen St. John, Sue Livesay and her husband, Terry, all of Trenton; a daughter, Sarah Keller of Fairport, N.Y. and a daughter, Mary St. John of Charlottesville, Va., along with daughter-in-law, Alice St. John (Darrah); 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 26 at Trenton United Methodist Church, 203 NE 2nd St., Trenton. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the memory care unit at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center, PO Box 229, Trenton, FL 32693.
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Williston, FL 32696
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Published in Chiefland Citizen on Jan. 17, 2019
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