Lavenia Ruth (Walters) Maurer passed peacefully January 6, 2018 in the arms of an angel.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Golby and mother Mary Alice (Dutton), her husband Thomas Frederick; twin daughters (who would have been named Julie and Joann), and daughter Julie Ann Maurer.
Ruth is survived by her brother, Eugene Walters, twin sons, John Edwin (Joann) Maurer and Thomas Earl Maurer, grandchildren: Dana Flinn, TJ (Krystal) Maurer, Julie (Carlton) Dargusch, Jennifer Maurer, and Jessica (Jason) Sparks.
She is also survived by great-grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews.
The beautiful and sweet bundle of joy, Lavenia Ruth (Walters) Maurer was born January 11, 1925 at 10:00 AM, in the small Dover Hospital in Dover, OH.
Ruth lived with her loving parents Harold Golby and Mary Alice Dutton at 260 Blake St., New Philadelphia, Ohio for the first few months of her life.
Ruth and her parents fell into some hard times, so they were forced to move to Roswell, OH with her grandparents.
The first six years of her life were plagued with constant moving from one home to another. Her father hopped from job to job. He would get paid on Friday and spend his weekend drinking, resulting in him not showing up for work on Monday. They did without a lot which made her appreciate what little she did have. After celebrating her second birthday, Ruth’s mom gave birth to a handsome baby boy, Eugene, who was born February 28, 1927.
Ruth’s mother always liked the name Ruth so that is what she was going to name her new baby girl. But this was not the name that her grandmother Hester Samantha Dutton wanted for her new granddaughter.
A few months prior to Ruth’s birth her grandmother Hester read a book and in this book the main character’s name was Lavenia. This name had a special ring to it, so Ruth’s grandmother Hester convinced Mary Alice to name her new precious jewel Lavenia. Her grandmother said that since Mary Alice always liked the name Ruth that maybe that would make an excellent middle name.
Ruth hated her name so everyone started calling her “Ruthie.” Eventually after high school Ruth had changed most legal documents other than her birth certificate to read, “Ruth Lavenia.”
After high school Ruth began working at the Goshen Dairy in New Philadelphia, OH. This was always one of the town’s favorite places to go for a huge, delicious ice cream cone.
She worked at the Goshen Dairy for two years and then went to work for Ohio Power Company. While working at Ohio Power Company Ruth tried legally changing her name, but was unsuccessful. She had to get a social security card in order to work at the Ohio Power Company. Ruth took it upon herself to go to the Social Security Administration office and apply for a social security card. On the card she wrote, Ruth L. Walters, which later was changed to Ruth L. Maurer.
She thought that her name issue was resolved but little did she know that it would cause issues years later. Some thirty plus years ago Ruth told son John that she never liked her real name, so she had it changed. It took awhile for him to get out of her what the L stood for in her name. She finally told him that it was Lavenia but made him promise to never tell anyone or call her by that name. It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that John truly discovered his mother’s real birth name. John had taken over her finances about two and a half years ago. He was working on her will, VA benefits, social security benefits, life insurance policies, banking statements, etc., but nothing was matching. He ran into several road blocks along the way. Finally, he found her old social security card which had her name, Ruth L. Maurer. The only problem was that it didn’t match what other financial institutions and the VA offices had on file. John finally found her birth certificate that was very difficult to read. He went to New Philadelphia, OH to get a copy of her birth certificate. To his surprise, on the birth certificate her name was, Lavenia Ruth Walters.
Ruth attended New Philadelphia schools and finished her secondary schooling at New Philadelphia High School. Her future dreamboat and husband, Thomas Frederick also attended New Philadelphia High School seven years prior to Ruth. They both met The Ohio State University’s legendary Woody Hayes. He was a history teacher and the football coach at New Philadelphia High School during the years both Tom and Ruth attended.
Ruth enjoyed school very much. School was Ruth’s safe-haven and escape from reality. She loved singing, so she sang in the school choir and performed in school plays.
After high school Ruth went to work, while living at home with her mother, to help her family out. She worked from 1944-1947.
At age twenty Ruth had a short engagement that she broke off because it didn’t feel right, and he didn’t seem like the man of her dreams that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. Shortly after that she met and began dating John Prince, whom she became engaged to prior to him leaving to serve his country in WWII. John was gone for three years.
When he returned he found the love of his life dancing in the arms of Tom Maurer, the true man of her dreams and future husband, at a dance in Dover, OH.
John called off the engagement. Tom had also just returned from his call of duty as a Marine, in the US Marine Corp, during WWII. Tom spotted Ruth at the dance and asked her to dance. Ruth knew of Tom and his family, but never knew him personally due to the large age difference.
Tom was well known and liked in the community.
There wasn’t anyone in town that didn’t know Tom or the Maurer family.
The sparks ignited and within a year the two were engaged and married on June 22, 1947. Ruth told her son John that this engagement finally lasted, because she truly loved Tom.
During the ceremony on this warm summer day a parade was going on outside the church. The high school band stopped right in front of the church and began performing some musical selections.
The ceremony had to be delayed while the band played on not knowing that there was a wedding going on inside the church.
The minister, wedding couple and congregation all chuckled, enjoyed listening to the music, and continued the ceremony when the band stopped.
Ruth and Tom moved to Bexley, Ohio right after the wedding for Tom to continue his employment with The Railroad Retirement Board. Tom had been working in Cleveland for the Railroad Retirement Board and was transferred to Columbus, OH right after the wedding. They rented a home in Bexley until the birth of twin girls on October 4, 1948 at 12:15 PM. The twin girls only lived for two minutes because they were conjoined. The young couple moved to the Olentangy Village shortly after the loss of their twin daughters. They moved into a one-bedroom apartment, but eventually moved into a two bedroom as their family began to grow.
Two years later, January 24, 1951 twin boys, John and Tom were born at 11:07 and 11:10 AM. Then, three years later, on February 6, 1954, at 1:57 their beautiful Julie Ann Maurer was the final addition to the family.
The family enjoyed eight memorable years at the Olentangy Village and moved into their final residence at 3301 Eisenhower Rd, Columbus, OH on October 4, 1956.
The family enjoyed their Eisenhower home for many years to come. Ruth’s family shared numerous memorable moments until tragedy struck. Julie was diagnosed with a childhood cancer at age 15, a bone cancer caused by some type of trauma to the body, after having been involved in a sledding accident.
Tom had extreme difficulty dealing with the strong probability of losing his precious baby girl that he became sick. He let himself go and didn’t take care of himself. Ruth cared and tended to both her husband and daughter Julie for several years.
Julie lost her battle with cancer on December 8, 1975 and five months to the day, on May 8, 1976 Ruth lost her Tommy, the first true love of her life.
Ruth continued to be strong and care for others. She became very involved in her church, Clintonville Women’s Club, twin club, and other social groups.
She walked daily, visited, cared, and transported friends and family all around town, and participated in many social events.
Right before Tom passed Ruth’s life was filled with joy once again with the birth of her first grandchild, Dana on February 10, 1976.
Then a year and a half later, her first and only grandson, TJ was born on August 12, 1977. Three years later, grandchild number three was born, Julie Ann, on March 15, 1980. Then Jennifer Ann was born on March 19, 1982 and Jessica Ann on December 8, 1985. Grandma Ruth’s life was once again filled with laughter, joy and happiness. Her life had a new meaning and purpose. Several years later she was blessed with great-grandchildren. Ruth remained at 3301 Eisenhower until she was ninety and it became too unsafe for her to live alone. She moved in with her son John and daughter-in-law, Joann where she remained for two years.
John realized that he could no longer provide the type of care Ruth needed so on October 4, 2017 he moved her to Tuscany Gardens in Pataskala, Ohio where she lived out her remaining days.
Ruth’s total existence revolved around her family.
She lived the typical Ozzie and Harriet lifestyle.
Ruth made everyone feel special through her warmth, kindness, love and comforting ways. She came with her big red cooler, with Maurer written all over it, filled with drinks and healthy snacks.
Her refrigerator was always filled with healthy and yummy food, also.
This was the first place the grandkids went whenever their family visited Gigi.
Ruth’s message to us would be to love everyone, help others in need, and live each day as if it was your last
Her family will receive friends on Thursday, January 11 from 4-7pm at Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH.
Her service will be held on Friday, January 12, at 10:30am at East North Broadway United Methodist Church, 48 East North Broadway Street, Columbus, Ohio.
Burial will follow in East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia, Ohio Friday at 2