Ruth Gedeon King (1925-2013) passed away peacefully on August 29, 2013 at Steven’s Park with her daughter, Susan, at her side. Ruth knew no strangers and is remembered for her warmth and wit.
Ruth was preceded in death by husband, Leo Gedeon (d. 1972), and husband Fred King (d. 1998), her parents and sister (Delores Stuewe).
She is survived by her three daughters, Ruthann Gedeon Gaude, Kathryn Thomas (David), and Susan Lingenfelter (Clark), five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving from the King family are step-children: Rick King (Sheryl), Bob King (Helen), Kathy Herrick (Allan), Tim King (Carol), Tom King (Connie), James King (Joanne), Chris King (Maureen), Patty Currier (Ken), Bill King (Kim), and 16 King grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd at Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors in Augusta, GA. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St Teresa’s of Avila Catholic Church, Grovetown, GA at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5th. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio at a later date.
Ruth Gedeon King, daughter of Catherine and Peter Mika, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended St. Boniface Catholic School, and graduated from West Technical High School in 1942.
In 1946, Ruth married Leo Gedeon. Together they had three daughters, Ruthann, Kathryn, and Susan. Ruth lived in Fairview Park from 1953-1978.
As a mother of three daughters, Ruth became active as a Girl Scout leader at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church where the family attended. Following the death of husband, Leo, Ruth worked full time for the Lake Erie Girl Scout Council from 1972-1978.
In 1978, Ruth married Frederick B. King of Cleveland, Ohio. With this marriage, Ruth became “Mamaa” to Fred’s seven sons and two daughters. Ruth and Fred moved to
Florida in the early 1980’s, first as snowbirds on Hutchinson Island, and then becoming permanent residents in Port St. Lucie in 1989.
In Florida, Ruth was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church for twenty years. She served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a Collection Counter, and as the secretary of Holy Family’s Catholic Church Women for a number of years. She loved Florida and continued her life there following Fred’s death in 1998. Ruth moved to Augusta, GA in 2009 to be closer to her daughter, Susan.
Ruth enjoyed using her gifts for other people. She was creative and her artistry showed up most as she created a loving home for her family and a place of welcome for friends. Her daughters could count on her to create beautiful birthday cakes, and later, cakes for her grandchildren’s baptisms. She used her skills as a seamstress to create formals and bridesmaid dresses as her daughters grew into young women. Later, she would create baked goods or hand sewn items for her Church’s Christmas Bazaar.
Ruth’s greatest gift and what she is remembered for most is her ability to make people laugh. Her quick wit and winsome smile paired with the twinkle in her eye brought joy to all who were in her presence. Beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother, Ruth is remembered for her wit, youthful outlook on life, and indomitable spirit.
Ruth’s lifelong Catholic Christian faith was the bedrock of her outlook and approach to life. Because of her trust in God, she lived joyfully without too much worry. Her favorite saying was “What will be, will be”. She always assured us that “Everything will be alright”, and “I’m OK”.
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Our family thanks the staff of Stevens Park Health and Rehabilitation Center for the love and care that they have given Ruth these past two and a half years, especially since her fall this past April. We are also grateful to the Hospice Care Team that supported her and Susan so kindly during this time of transition.
“We are judged not by how much we love, but by how much we are loved.” (from The Wizard of Oz)
Mom, we love you so much. Thank you for your unconditional love. Thank you for teaching us to be loving, strong women. Thanks for giving us “roots and wings”. Thanks for sharing your wonderful sense of humor. Thanks for “being here” for us when we needed Mom.
Mom to you, we say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
“The term is over; the holidays have begun. The dream is ended. It is morning.” (C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle)