If you were only given one word to describe Ruth M. Williams it would unquestionably be: loving. I Corinthians 13:13 tells us “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Ruth knew this lesson, and lived by it wholeheartedly as a loving wife, selfless mother, devoted grandmother, adoring great grandmother, and caring sister. Passing from the presence of her loving family into her heavenly Father’s arms, Ruth died Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Ruth was born September 21, 1932 in Lexington, the daughter of the late Walter C. and Mary Iris (Kemp) Streib and was graduated from Lexington High School in 1950.
At the Malabar Farm annual barn dance, she met Paul L. Williams, and as they say, the rest is history. The couple was married a year and a half later on August, 20, 1950. Together they raised their family of three children on a rural Bellville farm, sharing one life for over 63 years.
A wonderful wife and mother, she dedicated her life caring for her family, and tending the family farm, caring for livestock and helping with the crops.
She was a long-time member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, and United Methodist Women. Faithful to her church family, she was eager to help whenever the need presented itself.
All the way back to their courting days, Ruth and Paul shared a love for dance. She was a founding member of the Johnny Appleseed Square Dancers, and started Buckeye Country Cloggers in the 1980’s. She also enjoyed bluegrass music, and camping. Their travels led Ruth and Paul all over the continental United States and Alaska. Ruth was also famous for her pumpkin and pecan pies that paired perfectly with homemade ice cream.
In addition to her husband, Ruth is survived by three children Les and Linda Williams, Mary and Bob Layfield, and Patricia Dion all of Bellville; six grandchildren Jamie and Matt Emerson, Kim and Greg Lifer, Brian and Shawna Dion, Tracie Williams, Donny and Jessica Fiant, Darryl Fiant, and Belinda and Greg Fox; great grandchildren Brady, Allie, James, Annabelle, Luke, Grace, Shad II, Emma, Mia, Liliann, Dalton, Dylan, and Devon. Also surviving are her siblings Wilbur Streib, Harold and Kate Streib, Darla and Ron Peck, and Larry and Linda Streib; sisters-in-law Ann Streib and Joan Williams, and many numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and in-laws, Ruth was preceded in death by siblings Raymond Streib, Kenny Streib, Eleanor and Charley Stover, a brother-in-law Robert Williams, and a sister-in-law Jean Streib.
Ruth’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude for all of the cards, phone calls, visitors, food, prayers, kindnesss, and support that they have received from so many caring people during her illness.
Friends may call Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 4-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service giving glory to God for the life of Ruth M. Williams will be held Thursday, at 1 pm in Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 3716 Bellville North Road, Mansfield. The Rev. Dr. Beverly Hall will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department or Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.
Private condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.