Ruth Jean Heath

  • Born: March 16, 1926
  • Died: November 15, 2016
  • Location: Howland, Ohio

Lane Family Funeral Homes - Roberts-Clark Chapel

180 Garfield Drive Northeast
Warren, OH 44483
Tel. (330) 392-2559

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ruth Jean Heath, 90 of Howland Township died Tuesday morning, November 15, 2016, at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland. She was born March 16, 1926 in Howland the daughter of the late Judson A. and Hattie Holben Ratliff. She had been a lifetime Howland resident and was proud of the fact that the Ratliff family was an original Howland founding family. Ruth was a 1944 graduate of Howland High School. She worked for many years for Dr. Joseph Ralston M.D. as a medical assistant and secretary. She had served as a volunteer and manager of the gift shop at Hillside Hospital. Ruth had been a member of Howland Community Church and was a member of Royal Neighbors of America. She loved baking and especially enjoyed baking cookies. She is survived by one daughter, Barbara A. (Duane) Heflin of Howland; one son, Ralph E. (Kathy Takacs) Neumeister of Burton; four grandchildren, Ashley Neumeister, Edward (Joanna) Dray, Kristine (Thom) Stidd and Adrienne Heflin and five great grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah and David Dray, Logan Stidd and Alina Miller. Her husband, Carl M. Heath, whom she married in 1966 preceded her in death in 1972. One sister, Elizabeth Ratliff; three brothers, Robert, James and Harlan Ratliff and her beloved cat, Sam have also preceded in death. The funeral service will be held at noon Friday, November 18, 2016 at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Roberts-Clark Chapel in Warren, where the family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the noon service on Friday. Pastor John Talkington will officiate. Burial will be at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna. Material contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5000 East Market St., Suite 19, Warren, OH 44484. Online condolences may be made to the family and the obituary viewed at


Condolence & Memory Journal

She was a wonderful woman. I am sad that i just found out about her passing. She lived in my apartment building and was always smiling. She would also bake wonderful cookies and leave them for me. She knew of my love of penguins and gave me A penguin from her collectibles that was so many decades old. She will definitely be missed

Posted by Liseli Baich-sklenar - Canfield, OH - Friend   July 16, 2017