Hannah Woodworth Ruth
Hannah Woodworth was born in Scott
township, Steuben county, Ind., Sept., 4, 1845, died at the home of her
daughter, Cora Parsons, at East Gilead, Mich., aged 70 years, 9 mos., and
15 days. She was the second daughter of Sidney and Betsy Woodworth, who
were pioneers in Steuben county, and in early childhood she attended school
at the old Woodworth school house. Later, in preparing herself for the educational
field, she became a student of what was known as the "Old Bee Hive." She
became a successful teacher in Scott, Pleasant, and Fremont townships. Her
first experience as an educator was a term in the old Woodworth school building.
The subject of this sketch was
united in marriage to Daniel Ruth Nov. 27, 1867. Six children came to bless
the home, vis., Alta, Maggie, Ora, Nora, Cora, and Georgia. Ora and Nora
were twins and Georgia died in infancy. Mrs. Ruth's husband preceded her
beyond the mystic veil, dying the 22d of may, 1889. Since that time, the
widow battled the world alone. Being endowed with a bright mind, she formed
a character above reproach, and leaves a heritage of kindly traits to her
children. She made a profession of righteousness in 1895, and with several
others was baptized into Christ. She maintained her faith in God, and the
gospel of his dear Son during all the years. She was considerate of others,
sacrificing for them rather than for herself. Her life was an epitome of
Christian graces - a beautiful character in life, and in death her rest
was glorious. She bore her suffering with a fortitude born of gospel faith.
She was afflicted with a nervous trouble which developed a slight stroke
of paralysis. The funeral was conducted from the South Scott church on Wednesday,
June 21, 1916, Elder S.W.L. Scott, of Coldwater, Mich. preaching the sermon.
The attendance was large, attesting sympathy with the bereaved & respect
for the departed, and this respect was re-enforced by floral offerings in
profusion, and honorary flower bearers. The burial was in the cemetery opposite
the church, and in the hope of resurrection she was laid to rest.
Submitted by Mary Lou Siegman
from Steuben Republican
found in Nora Meek's bible