Lena "Ruth" (Hickenbottom) York, age 92, of Sidney, Ohio, passed away at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney , Ohio, on December 17, 2019.
She was born September 8, 1927 in Gilmore, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, the daughter of John (Jack) Hickenbottom and Myrtle Bundy who preceded her in death. She was married to Waldo York on November 6, 1944 in Alabama. He also preceded her in death.
She is survived by a son, Roger (Vicki) York of Montra, Ohio , 4 daughters, Judy (Bill) Schweitzer of Buchanan Dam, Texas, Phyllis (Dave) Reed of Valdese, North Carolina, Cindy (John) Brandewie of Middleport, Ohio, Kathy (Roger) Cathcart of Waxhaw, North Carolina, 24 Grandchildren, 55 Great Grandchildren and IO Great Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by 2 sons, Richard Dick' York and John Eugene York Sr., 4 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren. She was the last surviving child of John (Jack) Hickenbottom. She had 15 siblings. His (Jack Hickenbottom) first marriage to Elizabeth King were 6 children, Hannah, Ida, Eliza, Lawson, Ethel and Kitty all deceased. His (Jack Hickenbottom) second marriage to Myrtle were 4 siblings , Roy (Hick), Goldie, Robert (Bob) and Grace, all deceased. Myrtle's first marriage with Alvertis Naylor were 5 children Harry, Nettie (Naylor) Simmers, David 'Howard', Mabel (Naylor) Lyons and Carl, all deceased.
Ruth and her husband Waldo resided many years in Jackson Center, Ohio. Ruth was a devout wife and Mother. She spent her life being there for her family. She was always the nurturer. She loved to play the guitar, sing and dance. She was dearly loved by anyone who knew her.
She has endured Alzheimer's the last years of her life. She has been at Fair Haven County Home where she was well taken care of and was loved by all the staff. Her family appreciates and is thankful for their care of her. They loved "Ruthie". We are grateful for the care she received from the ICU team at Wilson as well as Sidney Hospice.
No public visitation or services will be held.There will be a private service for the family at Salm-McGill & Tangeman Funeral Home 502 S Ohio Ave. Sidney, Ohio 45365 at a later date. For online condolences please go to: www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org/donate
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