Fether, Ruth

Written by David Green.

Ruth E. Fether, 82, of Fayette, Ohio, died June 12, 2013, at Hospice of Lenawee near Adrian, Mich.

She was born Dec. 22, 1930, in Defiance, Ohio, the daughter of Harold and Gladys (Warner) Ridenour. She married Garald Fether on Dec. 30, 1950, in Farmer, Ohio, and he preceded her in death May 6, 2002.

 Ruth graduated in 1949 from Farmer (Fairview) High School in Farmer, and retired from Fayette Tubular Products with more than 25 years of service.  Ruth was baptized in July 1963, as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and has been a loyal member of the Morenci Congregation ever since. 

She enjoyed gardening and traveling and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. She dearly loved her children and grandchildren. She was a hospitable and gracious hostess to family, friends, traveling ministers and evangelizers.

 Ruth is survived by two daughters, Sherrie (and Thomas) Barnes of Morenci, Mich., and Teresa (and Tom) Dew of Leon, Nicaragua; two grandchildren, Erica (and Brandon) Raymond and Jacob Barnes, all of Morenci.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother, Kermit Ridenour.

A memorial service is planned at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at the Morenci Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses or to Hospice of Lenawee.

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