On July 2, 2023 at 10:53 am, Ruth B. Knauer slipped into eternity surrounded by her loving family and listening to Alan Jackson's "Softly & Tenderly". "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." (II Corinthians 5:8). What a wonderful promise!
After struggling with dementia for years, Ruth is whole again! We praise God for this truth.
Ruth was born on February 28, 1936 in Dover, NJ to Shellie and Helen (Oeschger) Brock. She graduated from Dover High School in 1954. She married Ralph H. Knauer on June 9, 1956. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2016. Ralph preceded her in death on March 13, 2017.
Ruth loved Jesus deeply and loved others unconditionally. She had the heart of a true servant. She was a wonderful seamstress and spent many hours sewing for others. She served her family well, but always served Jesus first! She placed her faith and trust in Christ at a very early age. Her first job was cleaning the church! Mom was a member of Brookdale Baptist Church for over 30 years where she served as a Deaconess and on many committees. She headed up "Pioneer Girls", a ministry for grade school girls, for many years. She was also on the board for Camp Cherith, an all girls summer camp in upstate New York.
Ruth and Ralph moved to Monticello, IN in 1994 and retired on Lake Freeman to be near their daughter and her family. They quickly became members and got involved with Zion Bethel Church.
Ruth and Ralph had three children; Bob Knauer, Sharon (Rick) Roach and Ron Knauer; six grandchildren, Alison (Carrie) Mcleod, Kristen Knauer, Courtney (Kyle) Dyer, Richard (Stephanie) Roach, Briana Roach and Dylan Knauer; four great-grandsons, Jeremiah Knauer, Braxton, Barrick and Bodie Dyer, and Ezra Roach; and one great-granddaughter, Elyse Roach.
The family has planned a celebration of life service for Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 6:30 pm at Zion Bethel Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to the Missions Outreach of Zion Bethel Church.
Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home is entrusted with cremation.
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