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Ruth M. (Howe) Spitson

January 6, 1922 ~ August 23, 2020 (age 98)


Ruth M. Spitson, 98, of The Villages, FL; formerly of Harvard, IL passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020, at the Mariposa Hospice House, The Villages, FL.

Ruth was born January 6, 1922, in Leroy, Indiana to Edward Gardiner and Sarah Elsie (Hudson) Howe II.

Ruth married H. Richard Spitson on February 20, 1943, in Leroy, Indiana. He preceded her in death on January 27, 2000. Ruth received her nursing training at Ball State. Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Harvard; after moving to Florida in 2016, she attended New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages, FL.

Ruth enjoyed antiques: knowing their history and finding, repairing and finally selling them. She loved gardening and nurturing her orchids and cacti. She was an avid reader, life-long stamp collector and genealogy researcher. Ruth enjoyed the mental challenge of Sudoku, playing triple hand and foot and especially Rummikub. Most of all, she enjoyed being with her family and friends.

Survivors include her children Barbara (Charles) Bettler of The Villages, FL, Steven Spitson, of Woodstock, and Howard (Joyce) Spitson of Harvard; 9 grandchildren Christopher, Michelle, Michael, Jodi, John, Caryn, Andy, Brant, and Cali; 10 great grandchildren Evan, Ryder, Megan, Walter, Mason, Jaedin, Eann, Allison, Lily, and Amani; brother-in-law Boyd Palmer of Bar Harbor, ME.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Bill (Kathleen) Howe, Victor (Pat) Howe, Edward (Lois) G. Howe III, Helen (Jake) Millhouse, Alice Palmer, and Esther (Al) Mun.

There will be a visitation from 1 PM to 2 PM Friday, Aug. 28 at the chapel of Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Harvard, with a graveside service to follow. The services will be live-streamed for family and friends that cannot attend due to the current travel restrictions. Pastor Randy Wahler will officiate. All in attendance are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

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August 28, 2020

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Harvard

Graveside Service
August 28, 2020

2:00 PM
Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Harvard

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