Ruth Ellen Farris, 91, of Wilmington, Ohio died 7:35 PM, Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Wilmington Nursing & Rehabilitation Residence. Her husband, William Alfred Farris Sr. preceded her in death March 9, 1979. They were married February 21, 1944. Mrs. Farris was born December 6, 1919 in Robinson, Kansas, daughter of the late Jesse Louis Mathena and Mary Elizabeth Greer Mathena Swan.
Mrs. Farris is survived by two daughters, Ruth Evelyn Farris Wilt of Wilmington, Ohio and Doris Ellen Farris of Wilmington, Ohio; three grandchildren, Jeffery (Ginger) Wilt of Sardinia, Ohio, Madeline Allen of Wilmington, Ohio, and Rex Cordy of Wilmington, Ohio; and five great grandchildren, Jordan Wilt, Rodney Cordy, Brian Cordy, Brandon Cordy, and Joshua Cordy. In addition to her husband and parents, a son, William Alfred “Billy” Farris Jr., and eight brothers and sisters, Lula Alma Mathena, Marion Marlin Mathena, James Kenneth Mathena, Clara Jane Wharton, Jesse Louis Mathena, Arthur Leroy Mathena, Alfred Clyde Mathena, and Edna Mae Hale, are preceded in death.
A graveside services will be held 3:30 PM, Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wilmington, Ohio with Rev. McClellan Nicholson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110, Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852-9813 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio is serving the family.