Ruth L. Ruff PDF Print E-mail

Ruth Livingston Ruff, 86, widow of Walter “Jack” Eugene Ruff, Sr., entered rest eternal peacefully on the morning of Thursday, March 1, 2018 at J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home.

Born on June 25, 1931 in Newberry, she was the daughter of Henry Hamilton Livingston, Sr. and Vera Kinard Livingston. She retired from Damon International after working in the textile industry for many years. Mrs. Ruff was a member of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church and a beautiful example of humble faith and unwavering trust in Christ.

With warmth and love, Mrs. Ruff embraced, her family and friends. Always a caregiver, she tended to the needs of others, blessing many with her strength and compassion, but none more than her late husband of 54 years. Her kindness was radiated onto all she met. She enjoyed gardening and tending her flowers, cooking delicious meals, and crocheting afghans and stocking hats.

She is survived by her children, Jackie R. (Gordon) Eargle, Walter E. “Bo” (Darlene) Ruff, Jr, Mary Dawn R. (Randy) Mills, Henry L. “Tugg” (Nancy) Ruff; grandchildren, Skipper (Charley) Livingston, Justin Ruff, Jaclyn (Russel) Sease, Amy Gallman, Eric (Briana) Eargle, Nicole Gibson, Laurie (Christopher) Connelly, and Ion Ruff; step-grandchildren, Tracey Sims, Shelley (Brian) Baity, Stacy (Michael) Mills, Shannon (T.C.) Bowers, and Adam Crouch; and her great-grandchildren whom she adored. Mrs. Ruff became “Mawmaw” to any who entered her home and lovingly welcomed all as her own. She was pre-deceased by a brother, Henry Livingston, Jr., and sisters, Pearl Pullen, and Dorothy Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church by the Rev. Terry Amick. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be at her residence and will receive friends following the service on Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, 2461 St. Philip’s Church Road, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers will be Skipper Livingston, Justin Ruff, Eric Eargle, Christopher Connelly, Ion Ruff, and Evan Ruff.

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#31 Heather 2018-03-05 16:55
May you find comfort in knowing that Ruth is safe in the memory of Jehovah God, who will remember every detail about her and bring her back again. John 5:28,29 "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out"
#30 Pam Bush 2018-03-03 21:41
Jackie, Bo, Mary Dawn, Tugg & Families,
Ms. Ruth was such a sweet and loving person. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories of your Mother! You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, David & Pam
#29 George Dawkins 2018-03-03 18:04
So very sorry to hear of your loss. I hope your cherished memories will comfort you and your family at this time. My thoughts are with you.
#28 Willie &Andy Morris 2018-03-03 14:24
To all the family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mrs. Ruth gave of herself to others and will live forever in every single heart she touched. I will always cherish my time spent with her. God Bless You during this most difficult time. Love and Peace. Willie and Andy
#27 Carol Sease 2018-03-03 09:14
Joe and I were real sad to here about Mrs. Ruff's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.
#26 Debbie Shealy 2018-03-02 23:20
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Mrs. Ruth. May God strengthen you and surround each of you with His amazing love and peace. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.
#25 Harrydebbiegriffin 2018-03-02 22:08
I am so sorry to hear of mrs Ruth passing we loved her so much and all of you
#24 Jennifer Hornsby 2018-03-02 22:05
I am so sorry to hear about Ruth Ruff. I pray for comfort and peace!
#23 Debbie & Don Dennis 2018-03-02 20:05
We were so sorry to hear about Ms Ruth . Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers .
#22 Roxanne Kibler 2018-03-02 10:09
Jackie, Walter, Mary Dawn & Tugg,
Words cannot mend your heartache but those who care & share your loss with you pray & hope for your comfort and peace during this
difficult time. Our love and sympathy,
Keith & Roxanne
#21 Debbie /Dave Lawson 2018-03-02 10:01
So sorry to hear of your loss. She was a very special lady. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
#20 Dan&Joan Hutchinson 2018-03-02 09:55
Thoughts and prayers are with you all
#19 Click&Murriel Shealy 2018-03-02 08:26
With out deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers for your loss. May your cherished memories help you through this difficult time.
Clifford & Murriel Shealy
#18 Sheriff Lee Foster 2018-03-02 07:15
On behalf of our entire family, please accept our sympathy on the passing of Mrs. Ruth. She was a truly delightful lady and always kind. Please know that we hold you up in our prayers as you grieve. May the many great memories of times shared and the testimony of her life serve as a blanket of comfort. Lee, Carol, Joseph, Amelia, and Jennylee
#17 Wes/Helen Griffin 2018-03-02 07:01
We are praying for the comfort only the Lord provides. May He give you solace and strength.
#16 Jenny Braswell 2018-03-02 06:55
Jackie, Bo, Mary Dawn, & Tugg, I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. She lived a long, beautiful life, serving her Lord, by serving others & showing them how to live for the Lord. I always remember her with a sweet smile. I know you will miss her so much, but take comfort in knowing how happy she is now, resting in our loving Lord's arms. Jenny Epting Braswell
#15 Lynn Wessinger 2018-03-02 06:50
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayer is for peace and comfort in the days to come.
Lynn and Larry Wessinger
#14 Guy & Kathie Rister 2018-03-02 05:10
So sorry for your loss. Prayers of strength and comfort to the family. God bless.
#13 Debbie Shealy 2018-03-02 00:57
Mary Dawn, Skipper and Family I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this most difficult time.
#12 Debbie & Don Dennis 2018-03-01 23:47
We were so sorry to hear about Ruth . Keeping the family in our prayers as you face the days ahead.
#11 Penney Nichols 2018-03-01 23:12
Jackie, Bo, Mary Dawn, Tugg, and families, we are so very sorry to hear about Mrs. Ruth's passing. Cherish all the memories of times spent with her. May God give all of you comfort and peace during this sad time. Penney and Billy Nichols
#10 Kelly Hamilton 2018-03-01 22:12
My sweet Mrs Ruff, “isn’t it Beautiful!?” The last words you spoke to me- and I know what you were looking at. Rest In Peace in the arms of Jesus. Prayers for your family! I will miss you greatly!
#9 Merrilyn Sease 2018-03-01 21:44
My love and prayers to all the family. Ms Ruth was a very special lady. She always had a kind word. I loved her ability to be real and be herself at all times. I will miss her greatly.
Love, Merrilyn Sease
#8 Dawn Reighley 2018-03-01 17:20
Our deepest sympathy, Dawn and Betty Reighley
#7 mike & donna hall 2018-03-01 16:31
Please accept our sincere sympathy! Our prayers are with the family.
#6 Janice Smith 2018-03-01 15:55
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Miss Ruth, a joy to be around. May the Lord wrap you all in his loving arms through this difficult time. In Christian love, Janice Smithand
#5 Paul Hutchinson 2018-03-01 15:37
I am very sorry for your loss.May GOD bless and comfort each of you.
#4 Faye and Don Kunkle 2018-03-01 15:31
We are thinking of all of you with sympathy, love and prayers.
#3 Jean Bedenbaugh 2018-03-01 14:03
I am so sorry about your loss. Another angel to watch over you.
#2 Gayle Atkinson 2018-03-01 13:06
Im sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
#1 Chris Bowers 2018-03-01 10:59
I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. Mrs. Ruth was a wonderful, fun loving person and will be greatly missed. You will always have your memories, cherish them.

Keeping you in my prayers.

Take care,

Chris Bowers