Heaven gained an angel when Ruth Skinner, 88, of Clarksburg, died Friday, October 28, 2016 at Riverside Methodist Hospital with her loving family by her side. Clara “Ruth” was born to the late Otis and Anna Fellenstein Martin on July 15, 1928. On June 28, 1949 she married George Skinner, who passed away in 2014.
Ruth’s legacy will be carried on by her children: Vic (Diane) Skinner of Clarksburg; Val (Jill) of Williamsport; and Van (Randy) DePoy of Hilliard. Her grandchildren, Abby (Jared) Patterson, Guy Skinner and Tori Skinner and great-granddaughter, Livia, adored “Beezy.” Also cherishing her memory are her sisters-in-law Pat Martin and Marilyn Oliver, many nieces, nephews and friends throughout many communities. Ruth was preceded in death by her siblings: Hoyt, Helen, Nell, Joe and Jim.
Ruth was a 1946 graduate of Clarksburg High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Wilmington College. During Ruth’s teaching career of 50 years, she impacted many young lives. Even after her retirement, Ruth stayed active by volunteering at Valley View Nursing Home, working at the Ebright Funeral Home, participating in Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority and attending sporting and music events. Ruth paired her generosity and baking skills to raise thousands of dollars for two of her passions: the Clarksburg Alumni Association’s scholarship fund for Adena High School students, and for Alzheimer’s research. Ruth was an advocate for Alzheimer’s research and participated annually in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. In 2007, Ruth was named Adult Volunteer of the Year by the Ohio Health Care Association. An active member of the Clarksburg United Methodist Church for many years, Ruth was also a faithful and talented alto in the choir. Ruth loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed visits to Frostie’s, for ice cream.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2016, in the Clarksburg United Methodist Church with Pastor Jerry Caddell officiating. Burial will follow in New Holland Union Cemetery, New Holland. Friends may call on the Skinner family on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church. Ruth requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Central Ohio Chapter, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus OH 43215 or to the Clarksburg United Methodist Church, 17264 High Street, Clarksburg OH 43115. The EBRIGHT FUNERAL HOME, Frankfort, is serving the family.