Ruth Elizabeth (Hart) Keets

Born: Thu., Dec. 15, 1927
Died: Tue., Jul. 4, 2017


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Thu., Jul. 06, 2017
Location: Fickes Funeral Home

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Jul. 07, 2017
Location: Stone Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jul. 07, 2017
Location: Stone Lutheran Church

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Ruth Elizabeth (Hart) Keets, 89 went to be with her Lord and beloved Bill on July 4, 2017.
She was born December 15, 1927 in Ashland to Harold & Maude (Roberts) Hart.
Ruth married William H. Keets on August 20, 1948, starting a life-time of farming together
at Dr. Martin farm in Ashland.  Later, buying their own farm south of Ashland to dairy farm until 1985.
Ruth worked alongside Bill in farming and raising five children.  Later after retiring
from farming she worked at Crest Cleaners for 25 years in alterations and sewing.
Ruth continued with alterations and sewing for people until three weeks before
her death.  She was a friend to everyone, always ready to do for others.
Ruth was an independent and very hardworking lady.  She loved all kinds of
sports, playing softball in her youth, and her beloved Cleveland Indians.  Ruth
always had something baked to give to vistors including pies and her famous
no-bake cookies.
Ruth was a member of the Stone Lutheran Church being active on church council,
women's work ministry and church functions.  Ruth was given in her's and Bill's
honor a Lifetime Achievement Award for their contribution to the Ashland County
Fair in September 2016.  She could be seen riding on a cart with Bill on trail rides
and Ashland Co. fair classes with their beloved Halfinger ponies.
Ruth is survived by five children, Martin (Deb) Keets of Jeromesville, Marcia (Donald)
Puster, Beth (Dale) Barr, of Ashland, Robert (Ellen) Keets of Ashland and Sarah (Ken) Hastings
of Red Haw.  She had eleven grandchildren, Brian, Chad, Julie, Cindy, Matt, Daniel,
Laura, Kerri, Katie, Stacy and Ben, 20 great-grandchildren, a sister, Barbara H. Hart
of Ashland and two brothers, Charles R. Hart of Cottonwood, AZ and Gerald E. Hart
of Attlebora, MA.
She was preceded in death by spouse William on Jan. 12, 2011, a brother, H. Wayne
Hart, child sister, Marjorie L. Hart and her parents.
Services will be 11:00 AM Friday July 7, 2017 at Stone Lutheran Church 940 Co. Rd.
1754 Ashland with Pastors Rebecca Rossow and Richard Beal officiating.  Burial
will be in Dickey Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday July 6, 2017 from 6-9 pm
at Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville or one hour prior to the service at the church
on Friday.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Stone
Lutheran Church 940 Co. Rd. 1754 Ashland, OH 44805 or Ashland Co. Agricultural
Society, 2042 Claremont Ave. Ashland, OH 44805.
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Dave & Pam Bright
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
We are very sorry for the loss of your mother. What a wonderful lady. I always enjoyed sitting at the kitchen table with her and watching the birds eat. She was always happy and upbeat. She showed God's love by all the help she gave everyone including the butterscotch pies and of course all her good sewing.

   Posted Wed July 05, 2017

Georgia Brant
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
so sorry for the loss of your mother , praying for you and your family

Jane Miller
   Posted Thu July 06, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a wonderful lady. What an example of love and hard work. I was blessed to know her.

You have my deepest sympathy. She will be greatly missed.

Diane (Baum) Bartram
   Posted Thu July 06, 2017
I'm so sorry for loss of your mother. She was a loving and caring person. May God help and bless Marty, Marcia, Beth, Bob, Sarah and your families in this time of need.

Patty Brant
   Posted Thu July 06, 2017
Sarah and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time

Jane (Warnes) & John Slater
   Posted Thu July 06, 2017
I was saddened to hear the news of Ruth's passing. I have good memories tucked away of our family (Martha & Loya) coming to visit your family. Mom (Martha) enjoyed many good chats with her cousin! I'm sorry we didn't get over to see you at the services....but our prayers and sympathies are with you all!
Jane & John Slater

Cindy Slarb
   Posted Thu July 06, 2017
My sympathy for the loss of your mother. She was always so friendly through all the years at 4H or athe the hospital or at church. A special lady.

Ellen (Jones) Heiby
   Posted Fri July 07, 2017
Dear Keets Family,
I was saddened to hear of Ruth's passing. I remember her from my days at Stone. She was a great baker and seamstress. Even during the last bake sale at election time I hear people were excited to purchase one of her pies. Now she and Bill can be together again. May God bless you with peace and comfort in your time of grief.

Robert Donelson
   Posted Thu July 13, 2017
To the Keets Family Sorry so late sending condolences , I can say at this time I know the loss one feels at the death of a loved one . My thoughts and prayers are with you .

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