Ruth Ann Stallsmith, formerly of Hadley Road, Hadley, passed away peacefully Friday (7-27-12) in St. Paul’s, West Salem Township, after an extended illness. She was 79.
Mrs. Stallsmith was born Jan. 4, 1933, in Sugar Creek Township, Venango County, a daughter of Harry L. and Ruth B. Karns Bean. Ruth Ann was raised in the Franklin and Cochranton areas with the assistance of Frank and Nellie Semple, who became second parents to her.
She was a 1951 graduate of Cochranton High School.
In her early years, Ruth Ann worked at the Cochranton Co-op and also worked at the Red and White store of Cochranton, from which she retired after 30 years.
She was a longtime active member of Fairfield Presbyterian Church, New Vernon Township, and was a member of the Ladies Missionary Society.
Ruth Ann was a dedicated wife and caregiver to her disabled husband and was a loving mother to her children. Blessed in life by the devotion of her brothers and sisters and those of her husband, she looked forward to the many family reunions and gatherings. She was her daughters’ biggest advocate and their lives were enriched by her selfless nature. Ruth Ann loved a good joke and cooking Sunday dinners for her family.
Her husband, David L. Stallsmith, who she married Dec. 15, 1955, preceded her in death Oct. 3, 2000.
She is survived by her four daughters, Dianne S. Voorhies and her husband Gary, Sandy Lake; Jill E. Lengauer and her husband Phillip Jr., Clarks Mills; Lisa A. Foster and her husband Craig, Union Grove, Ala.; and Jeannine K. Weber and her husband Steve, Uniontown, Ohio; and nine grandchildren, Stacie Clark and her husband Kevin, Hadley; Michelle Bowersox and her husband Nathan, Sandy Lake; Abigail Averitt and her husband Lenny, Erie; Kahle Foster, Union Grove; Drew Lengauer, Clarks Mills; Cameron and Connor Foster, Union Grove; and Nicholas and Jason Weber, Uniontown.
She is also survived by two great-grandsons, Cole Bowersox, Sandy Lake; and Quintin Clark, Hadley; a sister, Margaret Dunn, Saegertown; three brothers, Dale Bean and his wife Wenna; and Paul Bean and his wife Janet, all Meadville; and John Bean and his wife Gail, Cochranton; and many devoted brothers- and sisters-in-law.
Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her parents; two infant grandchildren, Stephanie Sue and Eric David Voorhies; and two sisters and five brothers.
Mrs. David L. (Ruth Ann), 79, of Hadley.
Calling hours: 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday (7-30-12) in SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (7-31-12) in Fairfield Presbyterian Church, 41 Deer Creek Road, Sandy Lake, with the Rev. Brian Ennis, pastor, officiating.
Burial: Fairfield Cemetery, New Vernon Township.
Ex-Hadley woman active in church was store retiree
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