FLOWERS Ruth K. Flowers, passed away Monday, August 1, 2011 at Whetstone Care Center.
She was a long-time resident of the University Area and devoted her life to family and community. Ruth was born February 19, 1914, in Hocking County, Ohio.
At age 18, following her mother's early demise, she assumed the responsibility of raising five siblings.
Ruth attended Ohio University, and then the Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees.
She worked at Curtiss Wright as an aircraft inspector for the Navy during WWII and taught (principally in Columbus Public Schools) for 40 years.
Our mother and grandmother will be remembered for her legacy of love. She was a devoted daughter; a selfless sister; a loving wife; an exceptional mother and grandmother; a thoughtful and generous friend; an incredible cook; a lifelong hard worker and a loyal Buckeye fan. She was married for 42 years to Walter Finley Flowers (deceased) and raised four children.
Ruth was a dedicated member of a number of community organizations, including 20 years of service at the United Baptist Church International School and Neighborhood Services, Inc.
She also served as a board member of the University Community Association.
She was a 44 year member of Delta Kappa Gamma and also belonged to the Northwood Park Historic Flower and Garden Club. Until age 96,
Ruth had worked as a caretaker for 18 years at an adult care home. She was a member of both St. Luke's Lutheran Church and East North Broadway United Methodist Church. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Walter Finley Flowers, father George D. Kreachbaum, mother Effie McGrady Kreachbaum, two brothers Elmer W. Kreachbaum and Charles W. Kreachbaum, infant son Phillip Dean Flowers, grandson Bradley R. Higgins and son-in-law, Art Hock.
She has four surviving children, Malinda Anderson (Richard), Sheila Hock (Art, deceased), Sondra Cross (Richard) and David Flowers (Carol); seven devoted grand-children, Sherri Higgins, Amy Green, Lorie and Marcia Hock, Brent, Brian and Steve Flowers; and five great-grandchildren.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider either the American Red Cross or the Capital Area Humane Society.
A celebration of Ruth's incredible life will be held on Saturday, August 20 at 11 am at the East North Broadway United Methodist Church.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on August 7, 2011