Ruth M Aden
  • 83 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 15, 1931
  • Place of birth:
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 1, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Austell, Georgia, United States
Let the memory of Ruth and her love, laughter and life be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Ruth Aden, 83, born on August 15, 1931 and passed away on January 1, 2015. We will remember her forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 16th August 2016

"Mom, Today will always be your day. We all miss you and remember how you loved/hated your birthday. Your place in our hearts and our memories is irreplaceable. Today I traveled to Correctionville where you lived till you were 11. I could feel you there and see you as a small child. It was a beautiful, peaceful place. I'm sending you all my love and a special thank you for bring the best mom and nana ever! I hope you know how much we love you and I hope your love heals the grief and loss that I carry deep in my heart. Love you mom! Happy birthday!"

This tribute was added by John Henrich on 1st January 2016

"We remember Ruth's laugh, smile, wit and love of life, playing hearts, sharing dinner, and the little moments that loomed so large in our lives as a result of her hospitality and love.  Ruth & Leroy we miss you."

This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 1st September 2015

"The Memorial/Dedication Service at Germantown Academy for Ruth Aden was filled with laughter, tears, stories and love. It was just what she would have wanted. Thank you all who attended and supported us. Germantown Academy could not have been more compassionate and wonderful! Thank you. It means the world to Ruth's family. There is now a music practice room with her name on it. For those of you that couldn't be there, please check out the stories tab as I have added the speeches to that. Thanks again to everyone for their love and support.

Donations can still made-
Germantown Academy
Ruth M Aden Memorial Fund
340 Morris Road
Fort Washington, PA 19034"

This tribute was added by Phyllis Aden on 18th August 2015

"Ruth-Mom-Nana,  You filled my life with so much love and happiness.  I miss being able to talk to you about our lives.  You always had such talent to understand people and make anyone feel warm and welcome.  You are such a huge part of our family.  There is such an emptiness in my heart that cannot be replaced.  I miss you so but I thank you for having lived, I thank you for being my Ruth, my Mom, my children's Nana Ruth and Great Nana Ruth.  
I am sure you are sleeping with the angles.  I will keep your kindness, love and guidance will be with me always.  Love Phyllis"

This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 15th August 2015

"Happy Birthday Mom! I sang to you this morning, I hope you could hear. I even added "and many more" just the way you use to. You're birthday was such a mixed bag for you. You loved the attention of having a special day but hated getting older. You made your birthday so much fun for all of us because you glowed. You would wear all the crazy hats and buttons I got you. Every store we went into, every person you saw, you would tell "It's my birthday! How old do you think I am?" When the person would guess a much lower number then your actual age, you would throw your head back and laugh. You loved the fact that you always looked so young. You made your birthday so much fun for all of us because you loved anything we got for you. No gift was too small or silly. All gifts got the same thrilled response whether they were homemade or expensive. You loved them all. You made your birthday so much fun because you loved surprises like birthday parties and surprise visits. You loved life and sharing your joy with so many other people. You made your birthday so much fun for all of us because you showered us with love, always. We miss you so much! Happy birthday mom, we love you!"

This tribute was added by Rev Dr. J. Harold Ellens on 18th April 2015

"We remember Ruth with love, hospitality, and humor. We are thankful for all three that she invariably shed upon us whenever she had a chance. We celebrate her life, both in time and in eternity. Our hearts go out to LeRoy and wish for him the radical grace God intends for him.
Harold and Mary Jo Ellens"

This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 17th April 2015

"We will be having a Memorial/Dedication for Ruth Aden at Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA on August 27 at 4:00 PM. We will be dedicating a Music Practice Room to Ruth which has been made possible due to all the donations that you all have made to her memorial fund at Germantown Academy. We thank you all for your help in making this possible and for your love and support to my dad and our whole family! More info will be posted as it gets closer."

This tribute was added by Judtih Diehl on 19th February 2015

"Bill and I will forever miss Ruth's friendliness and loving nature. We are sorry we were not able to say goodbye but we will never, ever forget her."

This tribute was added by Betty Quie on 8th February 2015

"Dear Beth.  Thank you so much for sending this.  I loved your  mom.  She was such a warm, fun loving person.  We had such fun in Oxford.  I still have some of my brass rubbings (in my laundry room--I wasn't very good at it).  I think our two families got together for Thanksgiving over there that year.  Our love to your dad--Paul and I have often talked about how hard it will be when that day comes.  As your dad says,  you and the family are good helps.  much love, Betty and Paul"

This tribute was added by Barbara Fritschel on 4th February 2015

"Dear LeRoy and family,  I don't seem to be having much luck leaving our message,  but,  I'll try again.  We were so shocked to learn from Beth's note about the death of Ruth this week.  I have tried to get in touch with other Wartburg friends to pass on this sad news.  Ruth is the 1st one of our "group" to leave us,  and we will miss her so much.  Homecoming will never be the same without her!   We think your decision to give her Memorial gifts to Germantown Academy is a great way to honor her.  I remember how pleased and proud she was to learn that she was going to be "hung" there after her retirement.  We DID try to see the wall with her picture when we went to a concert there with our daughter when we were in PA,  but must have been looking in the wrong hall,  so didn't see it.  We will have to try again at another time.  In the meantime,  we send our deepest sympathy,  our prayers,  and our love to all of you.
With many "virtual hugs" coming your way,  from Barb and Jim"

This tribute was added by Betty Quie on 3rd February 2015

"What a wonderful woman--so warm and friendly, fun loving, great sense of humor.  We had great times many years ago in  Oxford.  We remember Thanksgiving there with the two families."

This tribute was added by Marty/Sally Roth on 3rd February 2015

"Learning of Ruth's death stirred in Sally and me many memories--Ruth as nurturing parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, loving faithful spouse, loyal encouraging friend, ever helpful and hospitable neighbor, dedicated and effective teacher, faithful and devoted child of God, caring and supportive daughter and sibling, expressive and joyful musician, strong and empathetic woman.  In each of these areas of life we have seen and experienced Ruth being Ruth to the glory of God and for the welfare of the people she touched.  What a joy it has been!  Her infectious good humor and positive outlook brightened many days for us.  In certain respects she was savvy and in other respects she was so delightfully naive (making it almost too easy to lure her into a joke "set up.") We offer our prayers for your extended family during this time of your grief.  LeRoy, out of the love you and Ruth shared "together" emerged your loving family who now--with you and your memories of Ruth--together will get  through this.  Let us all together rejoice and give thanks that God choose to be present in our lives through Ruth. God is revealed as loving and present. Ruth was revealed as a faithful conduit of his love.
Love, Marty and Sally Roth"

This tribute was added by Kurt Danga-Storm on 3rd February 2015

"With gratitude, tenderness, and a deep sense of being blessed my wife Dagny and I remember Ruth. So many memories pass through my mind now but of special importance was her warm hospitality and wonderful sense of humor. They sustained us and enriched our experience at LTSP during our time there from 1983-1988. To Leroy, our heartfelt condolences. May the faith you helped engender in others as pastor and professor now sustain you in your grief. You are both beautiful people, a wonderful couple, and true witnesses to Christ. Rest in Peace Ruth. God bless and keep you and your family Leroy."

This tribute was added by Constantine Janus on 2nd February 2015

"Just found out about Ruth's death today. My wife Marie and I were sad to hear this news.

Ruth was a lovely, kind and upbeat person who showed that she cared about people. We are better people for having known her. We will miss her dearly."

This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 2nd February 2015

"Update - As most of you know my mom loved her time at Germantown Academy and that became a second family to her for over 25 years of her life. She loved everything about GA - the kids, the teachers, the administrators, the support staff, the parents, the campus and the whole package. Because of my mom's love for Germantown Academy and GA's love and appreciation for her, my dad and our whole family have decided to raise enough money for the Ruth M Aden Memorial fund at  Germantown to have a meaningful and long lasting memorial to her. Please join us in this effort, and send any donations for my mom to Germantown Academy Ruth M Aden Memorial Fund. The address is:

Germantown Academy - Ruth Aden Memorial Fund
340 Morris Road
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Thank you for your help and for your continued love, prayers and support!"

This tribute was added by Rene Krey on 15th January 2015

"I am so saddened to learn today of Ruth's passing. She and LeRoy have been such warm, caring mentors to us over the years -- even entrusting to us the seminary campus house they loved. Thank you for posting all these beautiful photos, reminding me of Ruth's great smile and laugh that I have missed in the years we've not seen each other. Heaven is enriched by her presence there. My heartfelt condolences to LeRoy and all of the family."

This tribute was added by Beth Major on 14th January 2015

"Ruth will be missed be all! She touched many lives.  I will always remember her quick wit, stories and laughter! My prayers of comfort and peace in this very difficult time go to all the family ❤️"

This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 14th January 2015

"We have decided not to have another memorial service for my mom in Pennsylvania, and we wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible. Please forward this information to anyone that might have been planning to attend. We are sorry if this causes any problems for anyone and we can not even begin to express how much we appreciate the cards, emails and tributes to mom. They mean so much to my dad and to all of us and provide comfort and wonderful memories. Please visit her website .

We are going to be working on establishing a fund with Germantown Academy that will serve as a memorial to Ruth. We are in the beginning stages of establishing this and we will let you know as things progress.

Please look at the section "her life" to see the changes in service and donations. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.



This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 14th January 2015

"My dad and our whole family want to thank everyone who has been sending cards filled with such love and stories about Ruth! It helps to hear from everyone. Thanks."

This tribute was added by Amanda Smith on 13th January 2015

"So very, very sorry to hear about Ruth! She truly sparkled and we all have missed her down in Tampa. Sending much love to the family and hoping you all find comfort in your many wonderful memories!!"

This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 12th January 2015

"We are sending a special thank you to everyone who came to mom's memorial service and made it so special and supported us with love, laughter and hope. Thank you for the time you took out of very busy schedules. For the hugs and the memories you shared. For the plans for future visits to look forward to. Preparing for service was tough as we miss her so much and know that she would have loved to be there, but in the days ahead the service and the support of all of you will provide comfort and hope. Thank you so much. We love you all, Beth"

This tribute was added by Sandra Stone on 10th January 2015

"To Uncle LeRoy, Beth, Ken, David, Phyllis and families:
We can't be with you in person, but know that we are with you in spirit.
Mardella and I will always remember Ruth.
May the Lord Bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you, the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Peace.  Numbers 6"

This tribute was added by LeRoy Aden on 10th January 2015

"Ruth:  The Together Couple
Together, we left the small towns of the midwest and sought a much wider world, including a year in Oxford.
Together, we became teachers of young people and tried to shape generations to come.
Together, we loved our children, enjoyed our grandchildren, and noted the implications of great grandchildren.  
Together, we clung to each other and said,  "Thank God,  we have each other.",  knowing that some day we might be separated,  
Together, we enjoyed sixty-three years  of our lives and honored each other "til death do us part."
Now that world is shattered and I must go it alone, thankfully with the support of loved ones and friends."

This tribute was added by Sue Mahler on 9th January 2015

"Family, I have such good memories of times with Aunt Ruth. So much love and laughter. I will always remember her singing and dancing with my children. Wish we could be there with all of you. Our thoughts are with you."

This tribute was added by Sandra Sparks on 8th January 2015

"As a friend of Joan, I am sorry I never got to meet Ruth.  The wonderful tributes that were left show what a wonderful woman she was.  God Bless you al."

This tribute was added by cara herold on 8th January 2015

"I feel so blessed to have known Ruth. She generously and enthusiastically gave her friendship, prayers, support, and musical talents to everyone. She was one of the most positive persons I have ever met. She leaves a "legacy" that will remain in the hearts of all who knew her.  Nancy Jones"

This tribute was added by Josie Ferguson on 7th January 2015

"Ruth was like a mother to me for the whole year the family came to England many years ago.  She had been such a good friend.  She was the best person anyone could ever know.  We will miss you."

This tribute was added by cara herold on 6th January 2015

"Ruth was like a loving mother to all of us who worked with her at G.A.
Every day she would visit and share a part of her life and ours.Her ability to see the humor  in many situations lightened our lives and her real compassion gave us strength.Happy memories of Ruth will always be with me."

This tribute was added by cara herold on 5th January 2015

"As a young teacher at GA, I quickly learned how warm, genuine, and welcoming Ruth was to all.  She loved everything about teaching children, and the only thing that brought her more joy was her family.  When Ruth became a grandmother, that was the crowning glory!  Her happiness was complete, and there was no prouder grandmother ever!
I am so fortunate that Ruth taught my own children.  She was a precious gift to them and to me."

This tribute was added by David Christensen on 5th January 2015

"I shall always remember Ruth's big smile, big hug, and big laugh.  She was always ready to find humor and always ready for fun.  I have very fond memories of visiting 'the farm' with our daughters.  Ruth took her grandchildren and our daughters to feed the fish in the pond, and play in the back yard, and set up the children with boardgames.  I remember  the wonderful meals Ruth prepared.  She always greeted us with open enthusiasm - wanting to know all about what we were doing and what the children were up to and how the church was doing.  Also, since both Ruth and LeRoy were from Iowa, and I am from Minnesota, I always felt a connection with the personality and culture of 'Midwesterners'.  Ruth added grace and humor and compassion and love to the world - something that the world sorely needs - and something that will be truly missed.  Ruth has claimed her baptismal promise.  Le Roy, God comfort you in His arms of strength."

This tribute was added by Jesse Aden on 5th January 2015

"Your smile will forever be in our hearts! I am glad my children were able to meet you, even if it was only briefly.
Love you forever Nana!"

This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 5th January 2015

"Jonathan E. Rich
She was such a wonderful woman. I have so many fond memories of her. She was so easy to talk to and full of life. We'll miss her very much."

This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 5th January 2015

"Emily Rich
Beth I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you and the whole family. I hope the wonderful and happy memories you all shared with her can give you some comfort during this difficult time. Sending big hugs and love your way."

This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 5th January 2015

"Nancy Buie Waldeck
there was always a laugh where ever Ruth was.... such a wonderful lady and I was very blessed to know. She brought may smiles to everyone around her."

This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 5th January 2015

"Susan Hollingsworth Elliott
My love to you all today. I think of her warm warm hugs, gatherings in the backyard at the Allentown home, and that beautiful smile. I always felt like one of the grandkids growing up because Ruth and Leroy were so loving and welcoming. My life it's richer for it."

This tribute was added by Beth Aden on 5th January 2015

"Becky Rich
From our days back at Germantown Academy and watching your mom teach the little kids to sings their hearts out, to the Jersey shore and playing card games at night around the dining room table with our mothers, to your wonderful wedding day in Atlanta and all the excitement, and every family celebration and activity we have always loved being there right along side Ruth! Her love of life was infectious. I will miss her dearly."

This tribute was added by Joan rourke on 4th January 2015

"I miss you so much Ruth. You have been my big sister for all my life. I remember so many special times.  The phone will be more quiet now. I feel your love. You are at peace."

This tribute was added by Joan rourke on 4th January 2015

"I  miss you so much Ruth.  I feel you are giving me love to remember all our time together. It goes back  many years. Thank you God for giving me my sister."

This tribute was added by Rosaan Barker on 4th January 2015

"Dearest Family: I pray that God would comfort Your hearts and that He would give you His peace. Mom is in Heaven & our hearts are hurting because she's no longer with us. I love you All very much, I pray that God would hold you in His Arms & bless your entire family as You honor & cherish the sweet memories of such an Extraordinary Woman & Beautiful Angel... Mrs. Ruth Aden! Love, Rosaan, Tauren & Rynique Barker"

This tribute was added by cara herold on 4th January 2015

"Ruth did something so special for me when she learned I did no have any family treasures.  She showed up at school with a bag that had a platter and creamer from her mother and a soup dish from her grandmother.  She said that I now had family treasures.  That was our Ruth...kind and caring and so loving.  Sandy Bennett"

This tribute was added by bobbie devlin on 4th January 2015

"Ruth was a fun loving, comforting women. She made everyone laugh.
She always walked into GA with a smile and left laughing at the end of the day. I have many fond memories of Ruth especially our drive to Atlanta to see Beth and my niece. She insisted on stopping for food only where she saw a lot of trucks as she felt the drivers knew where the best food was served. We laughed and joked all the way to Ga. and back. The many fond memories I have of Ruth will live on forever.
I am sure she is up in heaven directing the choir of angels and catching up on all the news from those who have gone before us.

This tribute was added by John Meyer on 4th January 2015

"Janet and I miss you.  We will always remember the great times we had on our annual  trips."

This tribute was added by Aubrey Aden-Buie on 4th January 2015

"Miss you more than words can explain but I know you are watching over us. You are the best nana in the whole entire world."

This tribute was added by Ken Aden-Buie on 3rd January 2015

"We miss you so much!"

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