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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ruth O. Ross, 94, of Columbia City, passed away at 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born Feb. 9, 1918, in Jelloway, Knox County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Charles E. Birkhold and Onata Zoe (Snellenberger) Birkhold-Jeffery.
She graduated from Paulding High School, Ohio with the class of 1936.
On Jan. 6, 1936, she married Francis W. Ross in Hillsdale, Mich.
In 1945, she moved from Ohio to Columbia City. She worked at Broom Printing Company in Paulding, Ohio and Magnavox in Fort Wayne for 36 years. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Eagles and Moose Auxiliaries.
Survivors include her daughter, Betsy R. (Jack) Thompson of Albion; one son, John F. (Laura) Ross of Columbia City; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Francis W. Ross; daughter, Mary Joan Boschet; brother, Carlos J. Birkhold; and sister, Margaret May.
Visitation will be held Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
The funeral service will immediately follow calling Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will follow at South Park (Annex) Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorial gifts may be given in memory of Mrs. Ross to Grace Lutheran Church.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.