Ruth Ritter Miller Todd, age 86, formerly of Nokomis, Fla., died Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., following a stroke. Ruth had been living near her daughter in Penn Yan, N.Y., since 2010.
She was born in Dayton, Ohio, July 29,1927, to John Raymond and Frances Ritter, the second youngest of eight children. She graduated from Beavercreek High School in 1945 and married Elmer K. Miller in Alpha, Ohio, in 1946. They had two daughters, Claudia (Miller) Welbourne and Cathy (Miller) Frey.
She later married a second time, to Edward L. Todd, of Fairborn, Ohio.
While living in the Fairborn and Beavercreek, Ohio, areas, Ruth took up golf and became good at the sport, even winning in some local tournaments. She and Ed played at Greene Country Club in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and later at Capri Isles in Venice, Fla.
Ruth and Ed retired to live in Spanish Lakes Mobile Home Park in Nokomis, Fla., in 1975. They were some of the park’s first residents, and together were active in planning dances, dinners, breakfasts and all manner of social activities for other residents as the park began to grow.
She was an independent working mother, a career woman ahead of her time. She held various positions at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, from 1954 to 1974, when she retired from her last job as a supervisor/computer operator.
Never one to sit still for long, she continued to work part time after retiring to Florida in 1975. Her last employment there was at Garden Creations in Sarasota, Fla., where she developed a new talent of arranging silk flowers and trees. She was active on a bowling team in a league in Venice, Fla.
She was a DOE member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 3885 in Englewood, Fla. She enjoyed being of service as a volunteer at Venice Regional Bayfront Health in Venice, Fla., where she could often be seen greeting hospital visitors at the reception desk in the main lobby.
Ruth never met a stranger. She loved getting to know everyone she met through her smile, her sense of humor and her helpful nature. She always had friends, and always one or two special ones.
She loved the tropical flowers and plants of Florida and the sunny days along the Gulf of Mexico. But most of all she loved her girls, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.
Please consider honoring her memory by doing something her way: Smile and talk to the next person you meet, anywhere. You may brighten their day, and your own; they might even turn into a friend.
She was predeceased by husband Edward L. Todd and all of her siblings, most recently by her younger brother, Conrad Ritter of Beavercreek, Ohio.
She is survived by her daughters, Claudia Welbourne (Wm. P.) of Penn Yan, N.Y., and Cathy Frey (Robert) of Columbus, Ohio.; her stepdaughters, Anita Bryant (Carl) of Xenia, Ohio, and Pam Shearer (Melvin) of Yellow Springs, Ohio; her five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by nieces Sharon Seitz, Fran Wagner and Juanita Green, all of Beavercreek, Ohio.