One of Ruthann’s favorite memories she always shared was being raised in Conneautville, Pennsylvania on her grandparents’ farm, attending a one-room schoolhouse. She had fond memories with her Collie dog Patches. She graduated from Conneaut Valley High School where she was a cheerleader, while taking secretarial courses to learn typing and shorthand. She worked for Forbes Candies in Virginia Beach, VA. It was in there that she met her future husband and love of her life, Robert Witherell in the 1960s. They married on October 6, 1962 in Irwin, PA. A few years later, their first son Charles T. Witherell was born September 2, 1965 in Virginia Beach, VA, followed by the birth of their daughter, Holly Lynne Witherell on December 14, 1967. Afterwards, they moved to Silver Springs, MD for Bob’s career while she raised Charles & Holly. Later, they moved to South Miami, FL where Ruthann and her family were very active in Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, where they lived until 1986. From there they moved around the country, including to California, North Carolina, and eventually to Edgewater, Florida.
Ruthann enjoyed camping with her family, immersing herself in the great outdoors with those who she loved the most. She was very involved with her church, attending Bible studies regularly with her husband. Ruthann was a self-described “prayer warrior” and had a humble and loving relationship with Jesus. She loved her family fiercely and wholly. Ruthann’s world revolved around her husband, children and eventually her grandchildren. She was always known to be kind to everyone around her, loving and enjoying life to the fullest with a smile on her face, full of unselfish and unwavering positivity and open-heartedness.
Ruthann is now home with Jesus, and her beloved Bob, her parents, and grandparents. We trust in the Lord that we will see her again. She was an angel on this Earth and touched so many lives with her loving kindness. She will be missed more than anyone could ever convey.
Service followed by a celebration of life reception will start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 07 at Settle-Wilder Funeral Home located at 406 S. Orange Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.
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