Ruth Freeman Baker Harman passed away June 5th 2019 at her home in Petersburg. Born October 4th 1922 in South Hill, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late William A. “Billy” Baker and Lily Jane McCoy Baker. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters and the love of her life Dr. Roy Harman, her husband of 65 years. Surviving are her children Roy Stephen Harman and wife Carol of Smyrna Delaware, Marc Harman and wife Diane of Charleston, West Virginia, Cynthia Jane Harman, Dr. David Harman and wife Sharon and Lisa Porter and husband Tom all of Petersburg. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Ruth attended Public School in Rochester Kentucky and graduated from Rochester High School. She was an avid basketball player and remained a lifelong fan of the sport cheering for the Kentucky Wildcats and the West Virginia Mountaineers.
She attended business school and was employed by Reynolds Metals in Louisville Kentucky during World War II. It was there she met Roy, a dental student at the University of Louisville. Upon his graduation from Dental School, Roy was commissioned in the United States Army and he and Ruth were married March 23rd 1946. They lived in San Antonio Texas and Biloxi Mississippi before permanently locating in Petersburg, West Virginia.
Ruth was a Christian and an active member of Main Street United Methodist Church, Eastern Star and the Grant County Historical Society.
Ruth loved God her family and friends. The family will receive friends Sunday June 9th 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg. A service honoring her life will be held Monday June 10th 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Petersburg. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Main Street United Methodist Church 102 North Main Street Petersburg West Virginia 26847.
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