Ruth C. Miller

Ruth C. Miller died on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, as she had lived, surrounded by friends and family. You know Mrs. Miller, she is the person who taught you how to read. She is the person who instilled in you the love of reading. Ruth taught in the Keystone Central School District and then was hired as a reading specialist with the Jersey Shore School District. She taught at Salladasburg Elementary School until she retired in 1995. Ruth shared her love of books with the students by starting a Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program at the school. Each year she and her committee planned reading events and brought in books for the students to choose for their own. She believed that books show us how the world and communities and people are connected. Ruth believed that reading was important for more than just getting a job (well, she wanted you to do that too.)

Ruth was born May 14, 1926, in Morgantown, W.Va. She was the daughter of Earl L. Core and Freda Bess Garrison Core. She had a full life that ran the gamut from running wild in West Virginia with her three brothers, to spending summers sailing (and working and helping her mother) in Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie; from teaching at Kadena Nursery and Kindergarten at Kadena AFB, Okinawa, and volunteering as an English conversation teacher at the high school in Naha, Okinawa, to renovating the stone house and mill at Logan Mills, Sugar Valley. She lived many places but her favorite was Sugar Valley where she would sit on the side porch with friends and family for hours watching the wild life on Fishing Creek.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University but was most proud of the master’s degree from Penn State University she earned as an adult while working. She most recently resided in Collomsville where she attended the Oval United Methodist Church and, until her eyesight failed, volunteered as a reading teacher at the after school program.

Ruth is survived by two brothers, Merle Core (Mary,) of Huntington, W.Va, and Harry Core of Painesville, Ohio and her sister-in-law, Sue Core of Elkins, W.Va. She was preceded in death by her brother, David Core. Also surviving Ruth are her daughter, Kathleen (Gene), of Fountain Inn, S.C.; her daughter, Arden (Roy), of Selinsgrove; and her son, Harry, of Collomsville. She was proud of her grandchildren, Jenna (Eric), Micah (Jennifer), Kirsten (Brian), Amanda and Charles and her great-grandchildren, Zane, Frey and Ashton. She is survived by loving nephews and their families, and a host of long-time friends of all ages.

She was the best of friends and will be sorely missed. A celebration of her life will be held 5 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, at Oval United Methodist Church, 6796 S. Route 44 Highway, Jersey Shore.

Bring something to read in honor of her life.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, Jersey Shore.

Ruth C. Miller

Ruth C. Miller, of Williamsport, died Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, 2014, at the ManorCare Health Center in Jersey Shore. Arrangements will be announced by the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore.