Ruth J. Heath

Ruth Heath

HOWLAND — Ruth Jean Heath, 90, of Howland, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 15, 2016, at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland.

She was born March 16, 1926, in Howland, the daughter of the late Judson A. and Hattie Holben Ratliff.

She had been a lifetime Howland resident and was proud of the fact that the Ratliff family was an original Howland founding family.

Ruth was a 1944 graduate of Howland High School. She worked for many years for Dr. Joseph Ralston, M.D., as a medical assistant and secretary. She had served as a volunteer and manager of the gift shop at Hillside Hospital.

Ruth had been a member of Howland Community Church and was a member of Royal Neighbors of America. She loved baking and especially enjoyed baking cookies.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara A. (Duane) Heflin of Howland; one son, Ralph E. (Kathy Takacs) Neumeister of Burton; four grandchildren, Ashley Neumeister, Edward (Joanna) Dray, Kristine (Thom) Stidd and Adrienne Heflin; and five great-grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah and David Dray, Logan Stidd and Alina Miller.

Her husband, Carl M. Heath, whom she married in 1966, preceded her in death in 1972.  One sister, Elizabeth Ratliff; three brothers, Robert, James and Harlan Ratliff; and her beloved cat, Sam, also have preceded in death.

The funeral service will be noon Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Roberts-Clark Chapel in Warren, where the family will receive friends 11 a.m. until the noon service Friday. Pastor John Talkington will officiate. Burial will be at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.

Material contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5000 East Market St., Suite 19, Warren, OH 44484.  Online condolences may be made to the family and the obituary viewed at

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