PRINCETON N— Ruth A. Wright (Mom, Grandma, Grammy), 90, of Princeton, passed away peacefully Sat. Sept. 16, 2017 at Parkview Care Center, Evansville.
She was born Jan. 20, 1927 in Fort Branch, to Harmon and Grace (Cater) Lockridge. She was a homemaker, but had worked at The Princeton Brush Factory, Gilbert Stephens, J.C. Penney and also the Lockheed Aircraft cafeteria in Lancaster, California. She was a member of The First General Baptist Church, and formerly a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Ruth was known as a wonderful cook, a patient, happy, positive person, a little shy but easy to know. She crocheted many afghans, slippers and baby sweaters through the years, along with other crafts. She taught her daughter to sew and passed her love of cooking and bird watching and feeding to her daughter and granddaughter, and son Rick. She loved plants and flowers and could grow the prettiest African violets as well as tomatoes! Ruth dearly loved her little companions, most recently two tiny Yorkies, Sassy, then Coco. She lived up to her name "Ruth - a faithful friend" as her friends, many lifelong, and family would most certainly agree.
Her husband Ernie's career required a family move every few years to a new state or city, yet she managed to turn each place into a happy, cozy home. There was always a cake for birthdays, and the holidays were filled with wonderful aromas of fudge, pecan pies, cookies and breads. Thanksgiving and Christmas were the meals of the year!
Ruth is survived by two sons, William Dean "Willy" Whitten of Princeton, Rick Wright, and daughter Marcia Hitchcock (Greg), all of Evansville; five grandchildren, Aneg Verdone, Balin Whitten, Monica "Evani" Whitten, Toby Hitchcock (Christina) and Tori Will (Zak); four step grandchildren; five great grandchildren, Tyler Wheeler, Asher and Arianna Hitchcock, Jasper and Duncan Will; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest Wright, Jr. In 1991; stepson, Michael Wright in 2004; sisters, Imogene Rafferty, Martha Gabbard and Janice Cantrell; and many friends and family.
Her family would like to give special thanks to those who gave extra support and love to Ruth including Carol Carson, Harold (Pat) Wright, sisters Imogene and Janice, Gale and Kelsie Valle and Teresa Lewis.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at Oasis Assembly of God, 1104 S. Stout St., Princeton, IN 47670, officiated by Rev. Greg Hitchcock. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church. Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, IN has been entrusted with assisting the family. Private burial will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Parkview Care Center, 2819 N. St. Joseph Ave. Evansville, IN 47720, an Eden Project facility, for the feeding of the birds in the courtyard and the numerous resident animals. Envelopes will be available. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.colvinfuneralhome.com