Dorothy “Ruth” Raymond, 93

Dorothy “Ruth” Raymond, 93, of 936 W. High St., St. Marys, died at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2014, in St. Marys.

She was born on Oct. 14, 1920, in St. Marys, to Ralph Harrison and Mina Christine (Finke) Palmer.

On May 29, 1938, in St. Marys, she married Edwin M. Hollman, who died on Oct. 19, 1974.

On March 11, 1983, she then married Vernon “Susie” Raymond Sr., who died on Sept. 30, 1998.

Survivors include two  daughters Jill (John) Bowers  of St. Marys and Joy (Steve) Peterson-Sibold  of St. Marys; two sons, Jack (Karen) Hollman  of Waynesfield and James Edwin (Darlene) Hollman  of St. Marys; four stepdaughters, Jean (Fred) Waesch  of Celina; Mary Jo (Tom) Walter  of St. Marys; Joyce (Charles) Greenawalt  of St. Marys and Karen James  of St. Marys; two stepsons, Michael (Gina) Raymond  of Decatur, Ind.; and Donald (Karen) Raymond  of St. Marys; a stepdaughter-in-law, Kathy Raymond  of St. Marys; 13 grandchildren, Mark (Patty) Bowers; Cathy (John) Prenger; Dan (Barb) Bowers; Jason (Holly) Hollman; Kelli (Ken) Kattenbrock; Jacque Hollman; Jim (Julie) Hollman; Todd (Missie) Hollman; Amy (Dave) Griffin; David (Amy) Peterson; Tom (Joyce) Peterson; Mike (Anne) Peterson and Theresa (Joe) Marcus; 30 great-grandchildren;      seven great-great-grandchildren; 21 stepgrandchildren ; 47 stepgreat-grandchildren  and five stepgreat-great-grandchildren;

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Mina Palmer, by her first husband, Edwin Hollman, her second husband, Vernon “Susie” Raymond Sr., a sister, Berdell Ice, grandchildren Kara Morgan and Eric Bowers, stepson Vernon Raymond Jr., stepgrandchildren Chuck Greenawalt, Brittany Raymond and Todd Raymond, and her stepson-in-law, Gary James.

She was a 1938 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. A homemaker and farmwife, she retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. after 29 years of service as a production employee.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and its Rebekah Circle, Hawthorne Chapter 119 Order of Eastern Stars (past Worthy Matron), Women’s Study Club and served on the board of Auglaize County Women and Crippled Children Fund. She also served as Mother Adviser to the Rainbow Girls. In addition, she volunteered as a reader and tutor for children at West Elementary School and served as an official bald eagle nest monitor for the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Her favorite pastimes include attending St. Marys Roughrider sporting events, supporting the Cleveland Browns football team and watching NASCAR. She also enjoyed camping, traveling, bird-watching and growing flowers.

Faith, family and hard work were of utmost importance to Ruth. She will be missed terribly by her loving family.

Rites are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, Ohio 703 West Chapel, in St. Marys, the Rev. Dr. Ed Bray officiating.

Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.

Visitation will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to either St. Paul’s UCC or to Community Health Professionals of Celina.

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