April 17, 2012
Skillman, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home
Friday, April 20, 2012 5-7pm
Mary ”Darlene” (Eckenrod) Ruth, 71 of Mechanicsburg passed Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in the Mercy McAuley Center of Urbana.
She was born January 5, 1941 in Crescent, Pennsylvania the daughter of Leroy and Mary (Coogan) Eckenrod.
Darlene served her county in the United States Navy, where she met her husband of 51 years, James Ruth. She retired from the Mechanicsburg School Board after 20 years of employment. Darlene enjoyed gardening in her flower garden and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, James H. Ruth; daughter, Annette (William) Shaw of New Jersey; sons, James H. (Tracey) Ruth of Parma Heights, OH and Jayson (Kelli) Ruth of Ft. Riley, KS; brothers, Edward Eckenrod of TN, Clyde (Joyce) Eckenrod of Birmingham, AL, Robert (Janice) Eckenrod of TX, Harold (Gloria) Eckenrod, George (Patty) Eckenrod, and Russell (Monica) Eckenrod all of PA; sisters, Joyce (Tim) O’Neil of Crescent, PA and Charlotte (Tom) Mix of Ebensburg, PA; as well as 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Darlene is preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, DeAnna Mumma and her brothers, Leroy and Leonard Eckenrod.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2012 in the SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Following Darlene’s wishes her body will be cremated. Burial will be held at a later date in the Beverly National Cemetery, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Champaign County, PO Box 38125, Urbana, OH 43078. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.