Meet Ruth Burke
Ruth joined Advent in 2006, transferring in from Faith Lutheran in Mentor. She is a faithful attendee of the early service. Ruth lives in Reminderville, and her children live not too far away: Valerie Whewell, who lives with husband Arthur in Solon; Kathleen Secor, who lives in Madison Ohio with Paul Beal; and Arthur, who lives with wife Kathy in Chardon.
Ruth was born in Maize, out in the country from Wichita Kansas, #12 in a family of 16 children, and the last of the girls. Her father had emigrated from Holland when young. Just she and her youngest brother remain. She met her late husband Art when he was in the Air Force. They married August 3, 1953 in Wichita, and had the two daughters before moving to Michigan and finally to Ohio. Art was a “head hunter” recruiter who passed away in December 2003. Two years later Ruth moved to Solon to live with Valerie for a while before getting her own place in Reminderville. She worked at many different jobs, with the last 20 years in, until she was 74.
Ruth says she tried a number of other churches in the area but found Advent to be very warm and welcoming. Sadly, she has now given up driving and must rely on rides to attend service.
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