Ruth Imogene (Davis) Davis

Died: Tue., May 5, 2020

Family to do services at later date

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Ruth Imogene Davis was born in South Bend, Indiana, the youngest daughter of Ethel (Poyser) and Orville (Roy) Davis, of South Bend. Ruth lived in South Bend almost all of her life. She graduated from Adams High School and later from Ball State University with a degree in education.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Alice Eble (Paul), and her sister Evelyn Doan (Howard), both of Angola, IN. She is survived by her devoted, life-long friend, Dorothy Oliver, and Dottie's nieces and nephew, who loved Ruth all their lives as their auntie as well. She also leaves behind many precious friends, whom she treasured and who adored her.

In her 45 years as a kindergarten teacher, Ruth was loved by her students and her fellow teachers for her calm wisdom, kindness, and easy-going demeanor, and her excellent teaching ensured that her young students got the best start possible. It was not uncommon for adults to stop "Miss Davis" on the street to tell her how much they had loved her as their teacher many years before. Among her friends, Ruth was known as "the generous one," always available with an offer of a ride, an encouraging word, a helping hand, her wry wit.

When Ruth was young, she played piano and organ in church. She was a great cook and her strawberry pie was legendary. Ruth and Dottie enjoyed travel and had many adventures on their trips around the U.S., including to Alaska, Hawaii, and the southwest. Animals were drawn to Ruth just as people were. She adored her sweet collie, Mr. Chips, and her beloved cat, Kitty Kelly, typically curled up with her on the couch every evening.

The family thanks the doctors, nurses, and staff at Memorial Hospital and the entire staff at Healthwin for taking care of Ruth at the end of her life when her loved ones were not able to be with her. The family also would like to thank Dr. Ngan Van and her staff for the years of care they have given Ruth.

Due to the COVD-19 pandemic a memorial service will be held at a later date. You are invited to sign, leave a condolence and check back for more details as they will be provided on Ruth's page of the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home website, In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County, or Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend.


Charitable donations may be made in Ruth's memory to the following organizations:

Humane Society
2506 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545

Potawatomi Zoo
500 S. Greenlawn Ave., South Bend, IN, 46615

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Micki Boulac
   Posted Sun May 10, 2020
Dear Dottie and all of her family and friends,
We will miss Ruth but, in many ways, she will remain in our hearts and prayers. In the past few days, I have prayed to her and for Dottie and all of us she has left here to mourn her passing. Her gentle soul is at peace. We love you, Ruth!
Micki & Denise

Brian Egick Jr
   Posted Sun May 10, 2020
What a wonderful lady, she was my kindergarten teacher in 1983
Always hear really nice things about her
Wish I could find my class photo, haven't seen that in many years

Mary Catherine Halasz
   Posted Sun May 10, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Miss Davis. She was quite a teacher. I was in her care in 1967 and she left a lasting impression on me. I have a vivid memory of our Valentines day party and our decorated boxes. I became a teacher and every year on Valentines day I told the story of our preparations and party to my own class. The story revolves around Miss Davis making sure all students were included and that no one was left out. I hope your happy memories of Miss Davis hold you all up in these sad times. Thank you for sharing her with the rest of us, she was quite a lady!

Sue (Rice) Gaub
   Posted Sun May 10, 2020
Dear Family of Mrs. Davis,
I think Kindergarten teachers really set the tone in a youngster’s introduction to their academic education. She was amazing. She made a deep, positive impression on me that I carry in to the classroom now when I substitute teach. I am so sorry for your loss.

Dave Barkley
   Posted Sun May 10, 2020
Rest In Peace Ms. Davis. You were my first teacher, and a great one too. Class of ‘74, Afternoon session.

Greg Bitsko
   Posted Mon May 11, 2020
Dottie and “the gang”
So sorry to, hear about Ruth’s passing. She was, as you so eloquently wrote, loved by her students and loved and respected by her fellow teachers. I spent my first five years teaching at Marquette Elementary School and counted her as a dear friend.
Thank God we also shared our love for pizza and beer at Barnaby’s as it gave my wife and son the opportunity to meet her and her friends. She will be missed. Please accept my condolences and if you still meet with the gang, pass on the same to them.
Memory Eternal
Greg Bitsko, back home in western Pennsylvania

Jeannine & Don Curtis
   Posted Mon May 11, 2020
As a young married couple, we lived next door to Dottie and Ruth during the ‘80s and early ‘90s. Their door was always open when we needed support or guidance. Our family will always cherish the backyard visits and annual strawberries pie. RIP dear Ruth.

Don and Jeannine Curtis

kenneth andrews
   Posted Tue May 12, 2020
Connie Drudge was Ruth's hairdresser for many years and truly cared about Ruth I met Ruth & Dottie because of this connection we became friends because of our love of The White Sox Ruth was a very nice good woman and a true friend I will miss our discussions of White Sox Connie always enjoyed when they came in to the beauty shop She will be missed.