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Ruth E. Bell

November 30, 1915 - March 31, 2015

Obituary


Ruth E. Bell, 99, died March 31, 2015, at Perrysburg Commons. She was born November 30, 1915, to Carl and Chloe (Donaldson) Brickman, in McComb, Ohio. A teacher at Toth Elementary (Elm Street School) in Perrysburg, Ruth grew up on a farm near the Putnam/Fulton County Line and attended Bowling Green Normal School's teacher training school. While teaching in the Gibsonburg Schools in the 1930s she was also a summer employee at Cedar Point. Ruth married Clarence Bell on August 17, 1946, and they lived in Findlay until moving to Perrysburg in 1956. Ruth taught...

Ruth E. Bell, 99, died March 31, 2015, at Perrysburg Commons. She was born November 30, 1915, to Carl and Chloe (Donaldson) Brickman, in McComb, Ohio. A teacher at Toth Elementary (Elm Street School) in Perrysburg, Ruth grew up on a farm near the Putnam/Fulton County Line and attended Bowling Green Normal School's teacher training school. While teaching in the Gibsonburg Schools in the 1930s she was also a summer employee at Cedar Point. Ruth married Clarence Bell on August 17, 1946, and they lived in Findlay until moving to Perrysburg in 1956. Ruth taught in Findlay for six years. While raising their children, Ruth returned to Bowling Green State University to complete her four-year bachelor's degree with teaching certification.

While teaching and in retirement, Ruth and Clarence travelled to all 50 states and to other countries. At Toth, Ruth was known for the quotes and homilies she wrote on the blackboard in beautiful cursive script. Each morning the students were expected to copy the quotations in their best handwriting. Ruth enjoyed playing bridge, completing daily crossword puzzles, planning family reunions, and gardening at home and at the 577 Foundation. A phenomenal self-taught pianist who played by ear and who could effortlessly transpose music into any key, Ruth played piano at the Perrysburg Senior Center and at Perrysburg Commons. She and several other local musicians organized the Perrysburg Senior Strings which entertained at various venues in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ruth was a member of First United Methodist Church and local and state teaching organizations. She is survived by her son, Roger (Mary Ann) Bell of Perrysburg, and daughter, Mary (Richard) Meyer of Minden, Nevada, and grandchildren, Jennifer Bell, Perrysburg; Adrienne (Matthew) Bell Williams of Perrysburg; Fremonta (Thomas) Meyer Harris of Somerville, MA; Alexandra Meyer, Corona del Mar, CA, and Karl Meyer, Arlington, VA. She is also survived by her sister, Myrtle Foster of Dayton. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen Ramsey, Mildred Smith, Evelyn Burkett; brother, Cornelius, and husband, Clarence.

Friends will be received on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 9 to 10 A.M. at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 East South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, with funeral services beginning at 10 A.M. Burial will follow at Fort Meigs Union Cemetery in Perrysburg. Memorial contributions may be made to The Perrysburg Schools Foundation, Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra, or the First United Methodist Church in Perrysburg.