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 Ruth Elizabeth <I>Gribble</I> Varner

Ruth Elizabeth Gribble Varner

Death 14 Apr 2012 (aged 94)
Burial Layman, Washington County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 100339534 · View Source
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Ruth Elizabeth Gribble Varner died at her home in Yellow Springs, Ohio on Saturday (April 14, 2012) after a brief illness. She was 94 years old.

She was born on Dec. 26, 1917, at "The Cedars," the 1829 homestead of her great-great grandparents, in Palmer Township, Washington County, to Jean Lake and Alma Morris Gribble.

Ruth did not attend first grade because there were no other children of school age in her neighborhood. Her mother was her first teacher. The next year Ruth and her sister, Mary, attended a one-room school. Mary was old enough for first grade and Ruth, ready for second grade.

In 1936, Ruth graduated from Barlow Rural High School. She attended Ohio University for a two-year teaching certificate. Ruth began teaching primary grades in a two-room school in Barlow. She completed her bachelor's degree in education at Wright State University while teaching at Four Oaks School in Xenia. Ruth taught 18 years at Four Oaks, serving as principal her last year.

During WWII, Ruth and her husband, Guy, moved to the Yellow Springs area to work at WPAFB. She became an active volunteer for 4-H, PTA, Cub Scouts, Yellow Springs United Methodist Church, Friendly Gardeners and the Clifton Old Timers Club. She was a 75-year member of the Marietta Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

Ruth was a prolific writer, penning stories abut her family and childhood, frequent and interesting letters to friends, children and grandchildren. She loved researching family history.

Ruth was a conservationist and naturalist, following her parents' commitment to be respectful of the Earth. She was an avid birdwatcher, gardener and hiker. She was an early member of the Glen Helen Association and The Nature Conservancy. As a member of Tecumseh Land Trust she donated an easement on her little farm.

Ruth married Guy Archer Varner in 1940. They have four children: Howard (Molly) of Cutler; June Varner of Yellow Springs; Janet (Gene) Ward of Urbana; Carol (James) Brack of Martinsville, Ind.. There are three grandchildren: Cecily Adam of Urbana, Ohio; Elizabeth Brack and husband Jesse Williams of Paris and Chicago, Ill.; Gwendolyn Brack of Carmel, Ind.. Ruth is also survived by her brothers Robert Gribble of Cutler, Bruce Gribble (Jean) of Canton, and sisters-in-law, Jean Gribble of Cutler, Donna Stackhouse of Valrico, Fla., and Kathryn Stephens of Enon. There is a large family of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy; sister, Mary Yost; and brother, James Gribble; as well as sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernice (Orson) Knisley, Freda (Frank) Jones, Benson (Mary Lou) Varner, Ray Stackhouse, Forest Stephens, Marie Gribble and Lulu Gribble.

Visitation will be Friday (April 20, 2012) from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Yellow Springs United Methodist Church. Graveside services will be Saturday (April 21, 2012) at 2 p.m. at the Union Cemetery in Fairfield Township, Washington County, followed by a lunch at the Wesley Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bartlett.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the United Methodist Church, 202 S. Winter St., Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387 or Tecumseh Land Trust, P.O. Box 417, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387.

April 17, 2012
The Marietta Times

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