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Ruth Spayd Hardin
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HARDIN, Ruth Spayd, on May 24, 2018, entered her Heavenly Home. She was born on November 9, 1918, to the late Zelma (McComb) and Frank Ward, and would have been 100 years old this fall. On January 1, 1938, she married Aaron P. Spayd, who died January 24, 1963. On May 27, 1967, she married Joseph M. Hardin, who died July 9, 1993. Ruth was a 1936 graduate of South High School, was a homemaker, and had worked at Westinghouse Electric and Sears-Roebuck Co. Survivors include two daughters, Judy Ellison (Robert Buhrow), Riverview, FL and Marian (Vernon) Burgoon, Wapakoneta; son, Philip (Judy) Spayd, Lima, OH; 9 grandchildren, Natalie (Rev. Randy) Newcomer, Scott Ellison, Cathy Ellison, Kim (Robert) High, Cindy (Ron) Brenneman, Tammy (Curt) Mooney, Tim Burgoon, Keith (Billie) Burgoon, and Mark (Lisa) Burgoon; 26 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Fetter; 2 brothers, Ronald (Darlene) Hefner and John (Carroll) Hefner; sister-in-law:,Charlotte Hefner and many dear nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters, Esther Willeke and Sharon Hefner; brothers, Gene Hefner, Walter Hefner, Glenn Hefner, Gordon Hefner, and Donald Hefner; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hefner, Carol Hefner, and Twyla Hefner; brothers-in-law, Robert Willeke and Thomas Fetter; step-sons, Gerry Hardin and Larry Hardin and step-father, John Hefner, who helped raise her. She was a member of the Lima Baptist Temple for 60 years, where she took attendance and worked with the deaf ministry. Her favorite pastimes were reading, especially the Bible, crossword puzzles, and cooking. The last 9 years she had made her home with her great-granddaughter, Ashley Hefner, in Riverview, FL, to help care for two of her great-great-grandchildren and “best friends”, Carson and Lilyann Ruth. She enjoyed getting down on the floor playing with all her grandchildren, especially to put a puzzle together, and will be remembered for her devotion to them through her many notes and letters which always included Psalm 91 and a little “something” enclosed. Ruth said she wanted to die with her “boots on”…. and she did! Memorial services will be held for the family and close friends at a later date.


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