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Ruth Leota Rake

March 11, 1919 December 8, 2018
Ruth Leota Rake
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Ruth Leota (Clark) Rake went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Hannah’s House, surrounded by loved ones.
She was born on March 11, 1919 in Allen, Oklahoma to Charley and Anna (Jobes) Clark. On September 28, 1940 she married Charles (Chuck) E. Rake who preceded her in death.
She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Opie, Orland, Woodrow; and five sisters, Lucelia (Guy) Burton, Thelma (Ted) Kinney, Wilda (Clifford) Van Wey, Bonnie (Louis) Armor, and Lola Weihl, and in laws Edward and Basilla Rake.
She is survived by her sister Joanna (Clair) Thomas, a sister-in-law Virginia Tewkesbury and numerous nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are six children: Francia (Thomas) Engle, Jenifer Caltrider, Susan (John) Ellis, Ed (Lisa) Rake, Emily (Clint) Webb, Marianna (Greg) Kroner.
She has 18 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.
Ruth was a homemaker whose gift from God was hospitality. She opened her home to a sister-in-law, who worked along with Chuck in Springfield, Ohio during WWII. And a sister whose husband was serving in the Navy during WWII. In 1961 she and her husband Chuck purchased a large home on Cutler Street where she took care of an invalid sister-in-law, later an uncle who was widowed and then her own father Charley Clark.
Her home is long remembered by many relatives, friends, and yes, even strangers who were always welcomed to come and visit and also numerous family events, including weddings and receptions, and showers. Every holiday was a big event in the Rake home. At one time over 100 people attended a Thanksgiving dinner in their home.
When her children were young she made many of their clothes, crocheted, and made draperies and bedspreads. She was also an excellent pie baker and known for her delicious clover leaf rolls.
She was a long time member of Sixth and Washington St. Church of Christ, and also sang with the Sweet Adelines, a female group from Barbershop Singers. She and her sisters were known as “Charley’s Angels” for making Angel pins for sale as a fundraiser for Ohio Valley University, as a member of Stepping Stones. Also she was a member of Colonial Dames XVII Century.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12th at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike Street in Marietta with Roger Rush officiating. Burial to follow in East Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, December 11 and again an hour before the services on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Marietta Home Health & Hospice; c/o Marietta Health Foundation, 450 Pike St. Suite I-1, Marietta, OH 45750.
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