Ruth A. May

May 17, 1925 ~ May 14, 2022 (age 96)

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Ruth A. May, 96, lifelong resident of Salem, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2022. She was born May 17, 1925, the daughter of Earl S. May Sr. and Elta (Park) May.

She was a member of First Christian Church of Salem.

Ruth graduated from Salem High School with the Class of 1943.  She played trumpet in the marching band and after graduation in an all women’s band. She also played baseball for the Red Caps team.  Ruth had a love for animals, including the horses at the Hanna Farm, her dogs and cats, lastly Mamma Kitty.

She was very active all her life, often walking around town with friends.  She was a member of the Salem Golf Club, Westville Lake Golf Club, and other golf courses. She enjoyed bowling and traveling on a women’s league and received the Salem Women Bowlers Hall of Fame Honor.  For many years Ruth and the family went camping in Canada, locally at Spring Valley and Westville Lake until 2015. 

Ruth worked making canteens during WWII.  She then went on to work at the Central Clinic-Salem Hospital for about 30 years as an EKG technician from which she retired.  Ruth was too active to stay retired, so she went to work at Salem China, then worked over 20 years at Farm and Dairy/Lyle Printing as a collator. She finally retired at almost 90 years of age.

Ruth, who will be greatly missed, is survived by a nephew Jeffrey (Liz) Leach; Melissa (Joshua) Calista, Lacie and Ava Causer, Rodney Leach’s children; Laurie (Charles Talbot) Chaffee, James (Tiffin) Leach, Ryan (Amanda) Leach, John (Amy) Leach, Rachel Whitman, Connie (John) Bristol, Angela (Edward) Blair and their families, Pamela (Phil) Wickersham’s children; Joshua and Haley, Dianne Leach and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Earl Sidney May Jr. 1995; sister, Betty J. (May) Leach 1995; brother-in-law, Dale M. Leach 2016; nephew, Rodney M. Leach 2019, niece, Pamela A. Wickersham 2020, numerous May and Ehrhart families.

Special thanks to the staff at Lexington Place Assisted Living Salem, Akeso Home Health Care, Salem Regional Medical Center and Community Hospice.

As per her wishes there will not be any services. Interment will be atGrandview Cemetery at a later date.

If desired, donations may be made in Ruth’s honor to Community Hospice of Salem at 2341 E. State St., Suite B, Salem, Ohio 44460 or or charity of your choice.

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