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Updated: 01/24/2014 08:00:00AM

Ruth Marian Denhart

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Ruth Marian Denhart, 86, a retired pastor’s wife, went to be with Her Savior, Jesus Christ, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

She was born near the Delaware Water Gap in New Jersey.

Ruth attended Belvidere High School, then the Missionary Training Institute, now the Nyack College, where she met her husband, Charles Denhart. They were married in 1946, and began their ministry in 1947. Ruth was an accomplished musician and greatly aided their ministry. She was an outstanding pianist and organist. In college, she played the violin at Carnegie Hall in New York. She was the model pastor’s wife. They pastored in Rockwood, Mich.; Youngstown, Ohio, Westerville, Ohio, and Dayton, Ohio; then in Cary, N.C.; and, from 1988, in various Churches in Florida. They retired in April 2013, moving to Shell Point Retirement Village in May.

Ruth was a marvelous woman, loved by those who knew her. A fun-loving, compassionate, Wonderful Christian Lady, one niece called her “The Salt of The Earth.” Above all, she was all that you would want as a friend. She will be missed.

Ruth leaves her husband; daughter, Kathy (Ken) Young (they have ministered in Japan since 1978); son, Mark of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather from 12:30 p.m. until the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Sunnybrook Alliance Church, 6401 Sunnybrook Blvd. (at the corner of State Road 776 and Sunnybrook), Englewood, Fla. Entombment will follow at Gulf Pines Memorial Park.

Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services Port Charlotte, Fla., Chapel.

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