Ruth Garvin Bayless, age 93, departed this life on February 14, 2012.
Born and raised in Xenia, Ohio (Greene County) to the late Elwood Garvin and Dorothy Bray Johnson, she was a 1936 graduate of East High School (current Board of Education building) and Wilberforce University in 1940.
She was employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base before coming to the Xenia Schools as a teacher and retired after 33 years, completing her career at McKinley School in 1986. A faithful member of the community holding membership with the following: United AME Church where she served on the Usher Board, Ladies Aid and Helping Hands, a golden member (68 years) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., member of Eastern Stars, Chapter No. 2, The Twentieth Century Club, Retired Teachers Breakfast Club and Les Vogettes Social Club.
Ruth’s life was dedicated to her family and made sure her girls were supported in all of their activities.
She was a good friend, mentor and inspiration to everyone who knew her.
An avid lover of sports who always supported Xenia High School teams, she traveled to tournament games whether with family, friends or alone.
She possessed a magnetic personality. Her love for people was expressed through her card ministry and caring for others, sharing her gifts of cooking, phone calls and providing transportation to friends.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence; twin infants, Clarence and Clarice; and brother, Johnny Johnson.
She is survived by very loving and dedicated daughters, Marsha, with whom she resided and Marilyn (Calvin Hatcher, Sr.) of Dayton, Ohio; two grandsons, Calvin Hatcher Jr., and Brandon (Wanda) of Dayton; great-grandchildren, Jala, Calvin III (Tré), Kiara, Brandon Jr., Caden and Brook’Lynn. Visitation will be held from 6 – 8 pm on Friday at United AME Church, 286 E. Church Street.
A second Visitation and the service will be at Faith Community United Methodist,Church 100 Country Club Drive from 9:00am until time of service which will be at1:00 pm and will include an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. service at 12:30.
Family will receive friends two hours prior to the service. Reverend Dr. Gloria Wade Dillon Eulogist and Reverend Dr. John E. Freeman Officiating.
Interment will follow at Cherry Grove Cemetery Xenia, Ohio. Arrangements entrusted to Porter-Qualls–Dunlap Funeral Home.