LONG, Ruth Marie (Vaughn), age 86, formerly of Kettering, OH, ascended to heaven on Sunday, April 24, 2022, from Katherine B. Reynolds Hospice Home located in Winston-Salem, NC, surrounded in love by those near and far. Ruth was born on March 3, 1936 in Dayton, OH to the late Fred and Sadie Vaughn. She was a hard worker throughout her life but especially early in her married life. While raising four children, she worked at her aunt’s grocery store in her teens and later at the Sunshine Biscuit Co. and Horstman Printing Co. of Dayton, OH. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and enjoyed her dogs, gardening, birdwatching and watching sports of all kinds, especially those associated with her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Harold W. Long Sr.; brothers, Doyle Vaughn, Gail Vaughn and Fred Vaughn; and sister, Dorothy Jane Hildebrand. Ruth is survived by her children, Harold W. Long Jr. (Cindy Paschall), Doyle W. Long, Jeffrey P. Long (Fanny Gellrich) and Sherri Long Massey; grandchildren, Jeremy Gowan, Nicole Fiore, Michelle Long (John Park), Stephanie Long (Matt Gannon), Christina Long, Kristen Massey (Andrew Setser), Ryan Massey (Melanie Stevenson); and great grandchildren, Deckard Nolde, Cooper Gowan, Leo and Addison Park, Meghan and Abby Fiore, Brantley and Mila Setser and Cooper Massey; sisters, Mary Engle and Janet Faith Cooper.
The family will be hosting private services at Routsong Funeral Home, Kettering, on Thursday April 28, 2022, before interment at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, OH alongside her husband, Harold. Flowers may be sent to Routsong Funeral Home located at 2100 East Stroop Rd., Kettering, OH, 45429 and donations in honor of Ruth can be made to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton by going to hsdayton.org. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be made at www.routsong.com.
Thoughts of Grandma:
She was basically my only grandma and she was everything wonderful that a grandma could be. I have many memories of sitting peacefully on her back porch with molly and minnie. She was one of those people that taught me sometimes just being with people is enough. She liked to hear stories but she was also fine if we weren’t talking. She also loved her people, not everyone but her chosen people, I’m a similar way. I remember drinking orange soda and exploring her and grandpa’s garden. I remember having thanksgiving there with the cousins and her mashed potatoes were the best. I remember one summer I stayed with her and she had got a blow up pool but I didnt have a swimsuit with me and I was devastated. Then she said I could get in it in my clothes and I was shocked but so happy I could get in the pool! I remember getting pieces of white bread and fish food to feed the fish in her backyard. I remember always getting cards from her for every birthday. I remember looking at all the birdhouses my grandpa had made and painted while I ate mini donuts. I remember looking at all her bird figures she had collected. I remember doing puzzles on the porch too. I loved walking through the backyard, especially reading the names of all the dogs she had and trying to imagine them. I loved being down the street from her in arkansas. I loved that she got to know Matt and loved him. He would cut her grass almost every week in the summer and I would go over and be with her and bring treats and things from Matt’s garden. She loved hearing about what he grew. She always loved dessert, we always bonded over that. I will miss calling her and telling her about how my animals are and what Matt’s growing and about our latest adventures. She is one of the few people I didn’t mind calling me Stephie. After every visit and every call I always felt loved.
~Stephanie Long Gannon