MORRIS — Ruth E. Maricle, (BA, RN, WWII veteran), 94, of 11 Hargrave St., Morris, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2016.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the First Baptist Church of Morris, with the Rev. Harvey Lang officiating. Interment will be later in Pitcher Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at The First Baptist Church, 50 S. Broad St., Morris.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of The First Baptist Church of Morris, P.O. Box 96, 13808 or to The Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St, Oneonta, NY, 13820.
Ruth is survived by six children; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild: [Stanley Maricle, Oneonta,] [Stephen and Laura Maricle, Albuquerque, New Mexico], [Marilyn’s husband, Seaton Hall, Bath, David Hall; Elizabeth and Peter Milewski: Daniel, Kathryn and Juliana; Michelle and Ronald Ratliff: Caleb, Sierra, Meagan Ratliff: Braedin], [Philip and Dr. Sharon Maricle, Parsippany, New Jersey], [Julie Biesser, Hopewell, Virginia, Philip Biesser: Colin; Robert Biesser], [Timothy and Christine Maricle, Morris, Sarah and Garrett Mercier: Eli, Evan; Cynthia and Solomon Maricle; Samantha and Erik VanEchaute: Kaedin, Levi, Alannah; Stephen Maricle; Stacia Maricle; Scott and Kristie Maricle; Skylar Maricle], [John and Judy Maricle, Mullica Hill, New Jersey, Abigail and David Turner; Emily and Alex Wallis].
Ruth was predeceased by parents, Levi and Julia Ringenberg; husband, Rev. Winston B. Maricle; daughter, Marilyn R. Hall; son-in-law, Gerald W. Biesser; brothers, Lloyd, Merle, Melvin and Marvin Ringenberg; and sister, Beulah Swanner.
Ruth was born on Oct. 29, 1921, at the Ringenberg farm home in Pike Township near Chenoa, Illinois. She grew up in that rural farm setting during the Great Depression years and graduated from Chenoa High School in 1939.
She continued her education at the Illinois Mennonite Hospital School of Nursing, where she graduated and received her Illinois State Nursing License in 1944.
She then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945, where she served in the 78th Field Hospital 3rd Unit. She received an honorable discharge in 1946, with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and earning both the European Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.
Ruth met Army Chaplain’s Assistant Winston Maricle while they were both serving in France. Returning to the U.S., they were married in Livingston County, Illinois, at the Salem Mennonite Church on Aug. 22, 1946. While raising her children she limited her work as an RN, returning to full time to her profession for several years at A.O. Fox Hospital in the early 1970s and later in Salem, New Jersey, retiring in 1982.
As a devoted and loving pastor’s wife, Ruth served alongside her husband in five churches, the First Baptist Church in West Townsend, Massachusetts, the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Gloversville, the Baptist Church in Perry, the First Baptist Church in Morris, and the Canton Baptist Church in Salem, New Jersey, and seven interim ministries in her husband’s retirement at the Baptist Churches of Morris, West Edmeston, Cobleskill, Wells Bridge, Cassville, and New Hartford, as well as the Second Congregational Church of Cortland.
Ruth especially enjoyed playing the piano at the Garrattsville Presbyterian Church for several years. She was the elected pianist of the Morris Baptist Church from 2003 to 2014 when her health hindered her at the age of 92. A gifted musician and teacher, she often taught Sunday school classes, led Bible studies and taught private piano lessons. She enjoyed reading, playing word games, taking walks in the park, and hosting friends and family in her home.
Ruth’s beautiful, sweet spirit was always evident in her smiling face, shining eyes, joyful laughter, and welcoming demeanor. A stranger to none, she was always ready to tell others about Jesus Christ, her Savior. She would continually share what God had taught her in his Holy Word, the Bible, which she cherished and enjoyed committing to memory. Ruth was an amazing and wonderful mother to her seven children, along with several generations beyond, who each continue to rise up and call her blessed, as a woman beyond compare.