Ruth Mary Abbitt, 93, died Feb. 12, 2021 at Wellbrooke of Westfield.
She was born at home in Sheridan to Earl Neal and Ethel Pickett Neal on Sept. 24,1927.
Growing up on a small family farm, she was educated in a one-room school, later graduating from Sheridan High School. She attended Purdue University, but returned home to marry Charles Abbitt and start a life sharing the responsibilities of the farm and raising three children.
Having survived the Great Depression, the Palm Sunday tornado, and even COVID-19, her faith never waivered. Her kindness and sweet nature masked an inner strength that was the marvel of all who knew her.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia (Steve) Brinegar of Westfield and Susan (Donnie) Law of Tipton; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles and her son Steven Abbitt.
A memorial and burial will be held later this spring in Sheridan.
Memorial donations may be made to Terhune United Methodist Church, 8392 Washington St., Sheridan, IN 46069, or to the food pantry of your choice.
The family would like to thank the staff at Saunders Glen and Wellbrooke of Westfield for her care the last few years.
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