Ruth Ann Wittmeyer Allen, 84, of Wilmington, died Monday, May 9, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She was born October 15, 1931, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Earl George and Marie Katherine Gravemeier Wittmeyer of Montgomery, Ohio.
Ruth studied piano and organ under Professor Claude Ball in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was a church organist from the age of 14 at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Ohio. She taught piano lessons until moving to Wilmington in 1972. She was past president and honorary member of the Jr. Women’s Club of Loveland, Ohio, and a current member of Masonboro Baptist Church. Ruth was a member of the Cape Fear Marbella Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association for over 30 years (1978), president two times and Woman of the Year two twice as well. She was a VITA tax volunteer with RSVP of Wilmington for 10 years at the Senior Center for income tax preparation.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Gaylord C. Allen; children, Stephen C. Allen of Charlotte, Gayle A. Allen of Marina Del Rey, Calif., and Judith Owens of Wilmington; grandchildren, Katharine Marie Allen McFalls, and her husband, Donavan, Rachel Ann Allen Jordan, and her husband, James, Stephen Charles Allen Jr., and his fiancé, Emma Pham, all of Charlotte and Ashley Wray Owens of Wilmington; and one great-grandchild, Elizabeth McFalls.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Andrews Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28412. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Masonboro Baptist Church, 1501 Beasley Road, Wilmington, with Dr. Gordon Wright Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.
Ruth wants to be remembered for her love for her husband, children, beloved grandchildren and new great-grandchild. They were always the most important things to her.
Memorials may be made to Noah’s Ark Children’s Center of Masonboro Baptist Church.
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