Ruth Ann Lee Rush, age 91, of Scottsdale, Arizona, formerly of Warren, Ohio, went to
her heavenly rest on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Born on October 6, 1928 in East
Liverpool, Ohio, Ruth was the daughter of the late William J. and Lettice O. Barnhart
She was a 1946 graduate of East Liverpool High School. On February 29, 1972 she
married William John Rush, who survives. Her husband was general manager of five
newspapers including Lake County News Herald, Mansfield New Journal, Warren
Tribune Chronicle, Lorain Journal, Troy NY Times Record, and the New Haven CT
Register. Ruth worked many years as an executive secretary in the newspaper industry and
finished her career at Zak Incorporated, Green Island, NY, where she held the position
of executive secretary to the president and assistant treasurer.
They enjoyed 48 years of marriage and many adventures together. Ruth was a loving
and devoted mother to her five children: Kayci (Richard) Spratt of Minneapolis, MN;
Wendy Robin (John) Zucal of New Philadelphia, OH; Nathan (Julie) Rush of Scottsdale,
AZ; Jenny (John) Zmarzly of Hilton Head, SC; and Molly Rush of Long Island, NY. She
will be greatly missed by her loving eleven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter,
Katia (Ross) McConkey and daughter Violet Rose, Kloie and Zoe Spratt, Caitlin, Ethan
and Madeleine Zucal, Mitchell, Mariel, Tad and Lilly Zmarzly. Also cherishing Ruth’s
memory is her surviving brother Richard C. (Sue) Lee, and children Rich, Cindi and
Dan; her sister-in-law Jean Lee and son William J. Lee III. She was preceded in death
by her parents, her brother William J. Lee, Jr, and her beloved Aunt Mary Franklin.
Ruth loved family reunions and tail gates at Ohio State Games, apple picking with
grandchildren, spoiling her dogs and traveling with her husband. She will be laid to rest
at the Memorial Garden at Saint Barnabas-On-The-Desert Episcopal Church in
Scottsdale, Arizona, among the rose bushes and close to the church bells.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The American Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or your local Humane Society.
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