Ruth Brilhart Muth died May 5, 2015, at Davis Health Care after a four-month brave battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 89.
Ruth was born in Plumville, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Wilbur and Roxie Good Brilhart. Her husband, Howard, preceded her in death as well as her brother, Dr. William Brilhart, and sister, Louise Bowser.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda M. Smith (Dennis), of Leland, and Phyllis M. Smith (Steve), of Millville, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Stephanie Risgaard (Jon), Derrek Smith (Kristin), Taryn Verstraeten (Matt), Brent Smith (Mindy) and Brynn Clark (Ben); the pride and joys of her life, her 12 great-grandchildren, all born in the last six years, Parker, Loren, Claire, Kendi, Noah, Hope, Kip, Isaiah, Bryce, Paige, Aleta and Micah; sister, Maxine McMillen (Bill), of Wilmington; and many nieces and nephews who loved her.
Ruth worked for the Sylvania Company during the war making light bulbs. She met Howard after he returned from the war and they married in 1946. Ruth and Howard settled first in DuBois, Pennsylvania, then lived in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh. In 1984, they retired to Calabash and enjoyed their life on the coast together for 19 years.
In 2005, Ruth moved to Brightmore of Wilmington and enjoyed living there for five years and made many friends. She learned to play bridge, which she loved, along with other card games, Wii, shopping trips and eating out, all of which were her favorite activities. In 2011, she moved to Eyers Grove, Pennsylvania, near her daughter and lived two years in her beloved Pennsylvania where she made more friends. In 2013, she moved to Champions Assisted Living at the Davis Community in Wilmington, where she enjoyed many more new friends and being back in North Carolina.
Ruth was a member of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church. During her life in North Carolina she was always involved helping others. She was a loving friend to many everywhere she lived and was known for her desserts, especially her cream puffs. Her family, who she loved dearly, were her entire life.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Davis Community for their loving care during Ruth’s illness and nurse Betty Ferguson and other staff who tended to her from Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their compassion and care for Ruth and our whole family. Also invaluable during Ruth’s final weeks and hours was the ministry of the certified music practitioner, harpist Carole Green.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. May 11, 2015, at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1416 Market St., Wilmington, officiated by the Rev. Robb Lapp. A second service will be held at 11 a.m. May 16, 2015, at Mill-Green United Methodist Church, Millville, Pennsylvania, officiated by Pastor Matthew Verstraeten, her granddaughter’s husband. Interment will be held at a later date at the Memorial Gardens at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Memorial donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Mill-Green United Methodist Church, Millville, Pennsylvania.
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