Ruth Elizabeth Maust Nieman Boger
1924 - 2020
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Ruth Elizabeth Maust Nieman Boger, 96, of Athens, Ohio, formerly of Washington, died Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Mrs. Boger was born January 13, 1924, in Uniontown, and loved her large family of five brothers and three sisters, all of whom have preceded her in death.

She graduated from Uniontown High School in 1941. She continued her education in hairstyling and upon graduation attended advanced instruction in New York City. She attended numerous instructional seminars and studied with the Zigarelli Brothers of Pittsburgh throughout her long professional career.

She married Louis E. Boger December 9, 1945 and they shared 52 years of happiness. They have a son, Richard Keith Boger (Cynthia) of Athens, Ohio; and a daughter, Tana Louise Downing (David) of Marietta, Ohio. Surviving are four very beloved grandchildren, Richard Keith Boger Jr. (Alison) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Melissa Boger Hill (Jason) of Bowling Green, Ohio, Matthew David Downing (Deborah) of Marietta, Ohio, and Jennifer Elizabeth Downing (Doran) of Wellsburg, W.Va. Also surviving are eight wonderful great-grandchildren, Joshua Boger, Lucas Boger, Bradley Hill, Cameron Hill, Blake Hill, Brynn Hill, Melissa Downing and Conr Downing. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a lifelong member of The Church of the Covenant in Washington and Dr. Stuart Broberg will officiate at her memorial service. Interment will follow immediately in Washington Cemetery. Due to the restriction of COVID-19, all services will be limited to only her immediate family. Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register at

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Published in Observer-Reporter on Sep. 12, 2020.
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September 19, 2020
The very nice lady cut my hair as a youngster. My grandma Grace Meighen is how I met her, her husband, daughter, and grandkids. She was a lovely lady who will be sorely missed
Mark Meighen
September 14, 2020
My mother, Jesse Reed Meighen met Ruth through my dear "Aunt" Grace, and became cherished friends, trusting and sharing their joy in celebrating the good things happening in their lives, and also comforting and encouraging each other through day to day challenges which they faced with courage and grace. My mother (at 100+) will miss their phone chats, but will continue to treasure the blessing her friendship has been. I was always so happy to make little holiday arrangements for Ruth as my mother's Christmas gift to her. My sympathy to the family at the passing of this lovely lady.
Leslie Weaver
September 13, 2020
Dear Cindy and Keith,
Debbie and I appreciate being graced by Ruth's presence at church over the last few years. She seemed to love hearing the choir and being at the services. We will miss her, but we know she is now in a good place. Blessings!
Ken Edwards
September 13, 2020
I had the pleasure, when a deacon at Church of the Covenant, to drive Ruth to church when walking there was no longer an option. I got to know her on our short drives and enjoyed our conversations. She spoke highly of her family and I know you will miss her.
God Bless,
Kathy Hedges
Kathy Hedges
September 12, 2020
I knew Ruth and Lou at the Church of the Covenant. We worked on many projects notably the Christmas Gift Baskets for those in our community, which was a huge project. Always glad To see Ruth at church functions, luncheons, circle meetings and church. Always smiling and willingbto help where ever needed.
Prayers and my sincere sympathy to the family at this sad time.
Charlotte Herron
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