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Ruth Ann (Lee) Rush

October 6, 1928 ~ July 22, 2020 (age 91)


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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