Ruth Pauline Kerns, 86, of Belle Center, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at her home.
She was born in Logan County on Dec. 31, 1927, to the late Milo Andrew and Mary Margaret Kline Ricketts.
On Aug. 29, 1948, she married her husband of 61 years, Sidney Earl Kerns, and he preceded her in death Oct. 11, 2009. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Ricketts; and a sister-in-law, Pat Ricketts.
She is survived by her son, Stephen Michael Kerns of Leslie, Ark., and her daughter, Mary Ann (Vernon) Brown of Belle Center; four grandchildren, Amy (Larry) Kramer, Michael David (Michele) Brown, Stephen Aaron Brown and Stephanie Ann (Heath) Murphy; eight great-grandchildren, Trenton Kramer, Shelby Kramer, Mickayla Brown, Logan Scott Brown, Cierra Jade Brown, Elizabeth Kay Brown, Addison Ann Murphy and Reese Kaitlyn Murphy; seven siblings, Milo Ricketts Jr. of Bellefontaine, Betty (Bill) Kreinbihl of Mansfield, Glen (Joann) Ricketts of Virginia, Jack (Pat) Ricketts of Westerville, Bill (Melva) Ricketts of Belle Center, Jim (Judy) Ricketts of Arizona and Dick (Brenda) Ricketts of Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A homemaker, she enjoyed watching the sporting events of not only her brothers, but of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well.
She was a 1945 graduate of Belle Center High School and served faithfully as a member of the New Richland Baptist Church, where she had assisted with Vacation Bible School and served as the financial secretary.
A funeral service is conducted at noon Thursday at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 306 N. Elizabeth St., Belle Center, where visitation is two hours prior. Burial is in Fairview Cemetery in Belle Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to Universal Home Health & Hospice Care, 701 S. Main St., Bellefontaine 43311.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.