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Ruth-Joy Moffitt

Ruth-Joy Moffitt, 89, of Indianapolis, formerly of West Mansfield and Columbus, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at the Robin Run Care Center, Indianapolis, after suffering a stroke in April.

She was born in Marysville on June 22, 1923, to the late Pearl and Ruth Collins Lockwood.

On Feb. 25, 1945, she celebrated the rites of marriage in a double wedding in Abilene, Texas, with her bridegroom Denton, her brother E. Ladru and the former Marcella Wiley.

Denton preceded her in death on June 2, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her son, Robert Moffitt, as well as Ladru and Marcella Lockwood.

Survivors include her daughter, Sharon (Larrie) Wilkins of Indianapolis; two grandchildren, Marcus Wilkins of Indianapolis and Kelly (Chris) Carrethers and their son, Chase, all of Tampa, Fla.; her sister, Wanda Winkle of Newark; a brother-in-law, Philip (Jane) Moffitt of Marion; and several nieces, nephews and their children.

She was a 1941 graduate of Middleburg High School, attended The Ohio State University, and received a two-year degree from Columbus Business College.

She served as secretary with the LUC Regional Planning Commission for 18 years and retired at the age of 75. Prior to that, she was a secretary in the administrative offices of Bellefontaine City Schools and Bokescreek Local Schools.

She became a member of the Fern Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in 1944 and had served as its Worthy Matron and organist. She was honored in 1966 to serve as the Grand Organist for the State of Ohio and continued to enjoy her membership with the OES when the Fern Chapter merged with Marysville’s Mary Chapter 9 OES.

Blessed with musical talent and a musician’s soul, her passion for music was life long. She began violin lessons at 8 years old and was a member of the Lima Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Pops Orchestra as an adult.

She was a longtime member of the West Mansfield United Methodist Church serving as choir director for 40 years and, upon moving to Columbus, was a member of the Walnut Hills United Methodist Church, where she served as church organist. In her later years at Robin Run, she served as church pianist and was a member of the bell choir. Her advice to all would be to “Keep a song in your heart!”

She cared about people and their lives. She was a collector of many inspirational quotations. With her beautiful penmanship, she put these traits together and wrote many personal and cherished notes to friends and family through the years.

Beloved by her family, respected and relied upon by many in the community of West Mansfield and beyond, she leaves behind many, many friends whose lives she touched with her music and her loving care for others.

Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, followed by an Order of the Eastern Star memorial service. The Rev. Doug Thompson conducts a funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at the West Mansfield United Methodist Church. Burial is in Middleburg Cemetery. A memorial service for Indianapolis friends will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Mansfield United Methodist Church.

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