Marguarite J. (Johnson) Ruth, 94, of Montoursville, formerly of Milton, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville, where she had resided for many years.
She was born on Dec. 20, 1919, in Milton and was the daughter of the late Parson B. and M. Elvena (Neuhard) Johnson.
On March 20, 1942, Marguarite married the late Elmer W. Ruth and they celebrated 52 years of marriage together until his death on Oct. 9, 1994.
She was a graduate of Milton High School, Class of 1937, and went on to take classes from Pennsylvania Banking School. Marguarite worked for and retired from Commonwealth Bank and Trust, formerly the First National Bank of Milton where she served as assistant vice president and trust officer.
Marguarite was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Milton, where she served in many capacities over the years. She served the Milton community in many ways by serving on the Library Committee, the Harvest Festival Committee, Chamber of Commerce and the Women's Club. She also served as Worthy Matron of Chapter 77 of the Order of the Eastern Star from 1976 to 1977. She enjoyed reading, knitting, cross stitch, camping and was an avid card player.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald E. and Yolanda Ruth, of Montoursville and James S. and M. Aleath Ruth, of Birmingham, Ala.; two grandchildren, Ashley Ruth, of Birmingham and Megan Ruth and Jade Badger, of Williamsport; two great -grandchildren, Kaleb and Kaeden Badger; one brother, Leon Johnson, of Erie; one sister and brother-in-law, Joan B. and Jay Trate, of Bloomsburg; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Marguarite was preceded in death by one brother, Charles N. Johnson and two sisters-in-law, Jean Johnson and Mary Lou Johnson.
The family will provide the flowers and memorial contributions may be made to Hope Enterprises-Reaching Beyond Limits, C/O Children's Developmental Center, 625 W. Edwin St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1125 Mahoning St., Milton PA 17847.
A public viewing will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1125 Mahoning St., Milton, PA 17847, followed by an Eastern Star service conducted by the Lewisburg Eastern Star Chapter 394. The funeral will take place 11 a.m. with Pastor Patricia Pittsnogle officiating. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery, Milton.
Arrangements are being handled by The Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, 125 N. Front St., Milton PA 17847.
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