Ruth Esther King, 62, went to be with Jesus Saturday evening, October 5, 2019, in IU Blackford Hospital, Hartford City. She was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, on August 21, 1957, the daughter of the late E. Furman and Doris (Riker) King.
Ruth graduated from Cranford High School, Cranford, New Jersey and continued her education at The Kings College and Kane Community College, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She later earned her Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University. She taught 5th and 6th grades at Cranford Public Schools for 30 years.
After her retirement, she moved to Upland and became very active in the community. Upland quickly felt like home. She was a member of the Upland Community Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir, attending Food for Thought Ladies Bible Study, helping in the church office, (formerly) volunteering with Kids Hope and the children’s musicals. She enjoyed working with the Eastbrook High School Drama Department and attending Morning Glories on Monday mornings.
Survivors include two sisters: Carol (Gary) Patterson and Dottie (Gary) Froeschl, both of Waynesville, Ohio; a brother: Paul (Jan) King, Upland; seven nieces and nephews; 19 great nieces and nephews; her beloved shih tzus: Tootsi and Darbi; and many, many dear friends near and far.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jones-Smith chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 259 N. Main St., Upland, Indiana, where a visitation will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 4-8 pm. The funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Upland Community Church, 439 W. Berry Ave, with an hour visitation prior to the service. Burial will follow in Jefferson Cemetery, Upland.
Contributions in memory of Ruth may be made to the Lift Eastbrook Afterschool c/o Upland Community Church.
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