Ruth Irene Little

January 12, 1929 - February 01, 2004


Ruth Irene Little Wise

Ruth I. Wise, 76, of Newcomerstown passed away late Tuesday night, February 1, in her Newcomerstown residence following a brief illness.

Ruth was born in Oxford Township, Tuscarawas County, on January 12, 1929, a daughter of the late Clyde Samuel and Bertha E. Herbert Little. She was a retired employee of Riverside Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Newcomerstown where she worked in the housekeeping department for several years until her retirement in 1989. Ruth also was a clerk at the former M&K Market at Newcomerstown for several years and was employed at Edmont-Wilson at Coshocton for several years. She also was an Avon sales representative for many years. Ruth enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, raising flowers, watching birds, doing crossword puzzles and watching the QVC television channel.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, William Vernon Wise of Newcomerstown, who died on January 4, 1996, and whom she married December 27, 1947. Also deceased are a granddaughter, Lacy Nichole Sherman, who died in 1986; a sister, Cora Engle of Illinois; four brothers, Raymond Little of West Lafayette, William Ralph Little of Cambridge, Clarence E. Little of Wooster and Samuel Wayne Little of Coshocton; and a stepsister, Marjorie Randles of Newcomerstown.

Ruth is survived by her son and his wife, William Lee and Diane [Tish] Wise of Newcomerstown, and her daughter and her husband, Karen D. and Chris A. Norman of Newcomerstown. There are also five grandchildren, Melanie K. (Mrs. George) Favire Jr. of Huntsville, Alabama, Travis M. Sherman of Jacksonville, Florida, and Karri A. (Mrs. Gary) McNichols, William L. Wise II and companion Jamie Rafi, and Lindsey M. Norman, all of Newcomerstown. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Kaitlin and Kyler McNichols of Newcomerstown, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Ruth will be held Saturday, February 5, at 11 a.m. in the Ourant Funeral Home. Pastor William C. Haggis II will conduct the services. Burial will follow in Earley’s Cemetery in Wheeling Township, Guernsey County. Visiting hours will be Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. in the funeral home and also one hour before the funeral on Saturday. Memorials may be made in Ruth’s name to Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 201 W. 3rd St., Dover, Ohio 44622.


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