DOVER -- Ruth Elizabeth Harstine, 95, of Dover died Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Truman Hospice House in New Philadelphia, after a short period of declining health.
She was born March 30, 1922, in Dover to the late James and Eva (Fawcett) Wilcoxon, and was a 1940 graduate of Dover High School.
She was a member of Shanesville Lutheran Church and the family attended the former Zion Lutheran Church in Winfield.
She was married on Feb. 15, 1942, to Carl Richard Harstine, and soon after they were married, Carl was called to serve his country. Ruth and Carl spent 46 years of their married life on a dairy farm near Winfield before he died on Feb. 18, 1998.
Ruth enjoyed watching her children (young and old) playing with model trains and also spent many hours watching the Cleveland Indians play baseball.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law who will be greatly missed by her children, John "Sam" (Judy) Harstine and Janice Ann (Blaine) Shively, both of Dover, Margaret Jane (Kenneth) Gardner of Pickerington and Richard Lewis (Cathy) Harstine of Winfield. She played an important and loving role in the lives of her grandchildren, David (Danielle) Harstine, Annette Harstine (deceased), Elizabeth (Nathan) Rensberger, Rachel Gardner, James (Chelsey) Gardner, Bo Harstine (fiance Katherine Keener), Tyler (Brenna Holter) Harstine and Colton Harstine; great-grandchildren, Krissy Harstine, Tyler Groh, Matthew, Sarah and Anna Rensberger and Georgiana Gardner; and brothers-in-law, Bob Harstine, Paul Harstine and Richard Kleine.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her granddaughter, Annette Harstine; brothers, Vic and Dean Wilcoxon; and a sister, Wanda Kleine.
Services were held Monday, May 8, 2017, at Smith-Varns Funeral Home, Sugarcreek, with Pastor Bill Johnson and Barb DeBord officiating. Burial was in Dover Burial Park. To share a memory and sign the guest register, visit www.smithfuneral.com.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County; or Memorial Carillon Fund of Shanesville Lutheran Church P.O. Box 478, Sugarcreek 44681.