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Ruth Hardman Spohn

February 12, 1923 — April 15, 2021

Ruth H. Spohn, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the age of 98.

Born Ruth Mary Hardman to Carl and Elsie Hardman on February 12, 1923 in Pittsburgh, PA, she remained in PA. to attend Grove City College. Moving to Cleveland to work for the government's War Assets, she met her future husband, Robert Spohn in 1945.

After working for 29 years in Personnel at GE's Lamp Division, she retired to spend hundreds of volunteer hours at Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital, encouraging children to heal. Ruth always treated others in a non-biased way, willing to listen to their problems and offer her advice and help in a caring way.

Often known as Mother Nature to her family, her passions were children, animals, plants and flowers. She oversaw the healing of many injured creatures and taught little ones Sunday school for over 60 years at Church of the Redeemer in Cleveland Heights, always with a good dose of nature, art and music mixed in.

Ruth loved the springtime, the renewal of life in flowers blooming, the return of the birds and green leaves. She surrounded herself with plants and enjoyed teaching others how to care for plants. She always loved having dogs and cats.

She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Robert Spohn, children Linda (Steven Grund), Wayne (Ruth E.) and Marilee Browning, seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her brother, Jack Hardman and her infant son, Terry Spohn. She was kind, loving and always had the sweetest smile.

The family would like to express thanks for the wonderful care provided to Ruth by The Hospice of the Western Reserve.

If desired, please direct any memorial contributions to one of Ruth's favorite animal charities: such as World Wildlife Fund, Humane Society, Audubon Society; her church of 75 years (Church of the Redeemer in Cleveland Heights) or a charity of your choice.

Now Ruth's spirit flies free with the angels and the birds she loved to feed.

There is no Memorial Service planned at the current time Burial to take place at a later date.
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