Ruth Erlene Strait


Ruth Erlene (Edds) Strait, 73, of Defiance, passed away at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at Brookview Healthcare Center, Defiance, after an eight-year, courageous battle with cancer.

She was born October 11, 1938, in Grover Hill, to the late Floyd and Ruth (Powell) Edds. She was married to Robert Strait for over 20 years and he is deceased.

Surviving are a son, John (Cindy) Adams of Oakwood; a daughter, Sandy (Steve) McNeely of Oakwood; a sister, Dollie Edds Fowler and her husband, Lionel Caldwell, of Smoketown, Pa.; a brother, Jerry Edds of Cecil; a stepson, Donnie Strait of Des Moines, Iowa; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Billie Frank; and a grandson, Eric Adams.

Erlene moved to Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband and lived there many years working as a cook in the Des Moines school system. After her husband died, she moved back to Defiance to be close to her family. She attended Oakwood High School and loved spending time with her family, cooking and sewing.

Memorial services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Carol Retcher officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice the Caring Way of Defiance.

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