Ruth Duss 1927-2021

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Ruth Singer Ward Pehanick Duss, 94, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at her daughter Judy’s home in Young Harris, Ga., surrounded by her loving family.

Ruth Louise Singer was born Jan. 31, 1927, in Bolindale, Ohio, the fifth child of Bigler Miller Singer and Emma Frances Helwig Singer.

Ruth was a member of the Newton Falls High School, Class of 1945. She was a 40-year member of the First Church of God, Newton Falls. Ruth sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and served as the church librarian for many years. When she moved to Venice, Fla., in 1988, she was affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. She served as a deaconess for 20 years.

Ruth was an associate member of the Indian Riding Club of Newton Falls; friendships made spanned six decades. She was a 25-year life member of Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority, Xi Theta Chapter, of Port Charlotte, Fla.

Ruth’s generosity knew no boundaries. She cared for strangers as well as her extended family. She was named Volunteer of the Year at Bay Indies, a senior community in Venice, Fla. Ruth accrued more than one thousand volunteer hours at Bon Secours Hospital, Venice, Fla. She also volunteered at Spanish Point, Nokomis, Fla., performing as a historical figure. Ruth continued her service to others into her 89th year.

While residing in Georgia, Ruth participated in classes at the First United Methodist Church of Blairsville’s OASIS program. She was a member of the Misty Mountain Quilt Guild and the Bunko Babes.

Ruth enjoyed using her hands for crafts, baking and sewing. She made lap robes for friends, veterans, sorority sisters and newborns. She learned quilting at age 90. Competing in ballroom dancing and standard dancing, Ruth won awards in regional Fred Astaire competitions while residing in Venice.

Ruth was widowed three times: William Ward, 1981; Joseph Pehanick, 1995; and Lee Duss Jr., 2016.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was predeceased by her son, Thomas Dale Ward; her sister, Mary Emma Bodzenta; and her brothers, John, David, Richard, Eugene, Thomas, Norman, James and Frank.

Survivors include daughters, Judy Avant of Young Harris, Ga. and Sheryl Stranahan, Valdosta, Ga.; granddaughter, Michele Motz Allison (Harry); adored great-granddaughters, Vera Ruth Allison and Darla Pearl Allison of Johns Creek, Ga.; devoted sister, Ann Luketic of Newton Falls; brother, Phillip Singer (Sue) of Port Clinton; sister-in-law, Cinda Singer of LaVerne, Cailf.; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service for family will be at the Newton Falls Cemetery on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 11 a.m. The family suggests donations be made to the Salvation Army Children’s Santa Stocking Project, Sigma Phi Gamma Xi Theta Chapter service projects, or a local food bank.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444, 330-872-5440. Family and friends may view Ruth’s obituary online or to send condolences, please visit us at www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.

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