Ruth Irene (Symonds) Hawkins

January 18, 1934 ~ November 7, 2022 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Ruth I. Hawkins, 88 of West Salem passed peacefully with her loved ones by her side on Monday November 7, 2022 at Burbank Parke Care Center in Burbank, Ohio

She was born on January 18, 1934 in Norwich, New York the daughter of Martin and Ruth (Alling) Symonds.

 Ruth was a member of the West Salem United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and played in the chime choir. She was a member of the West Salem Messenger Paper staff. She sang with the Singing Granny.

Ruth enjoyed putting puzzles together, watching birds and spending time with her family and also her church family.

She is survived by her children; John (Karen) Tate, Ruth (Mitch) Fuson, Mary (Ray) Engel and Sandy Maynard (Albert Talcott), and many grandchildren, great grandchildren nieces and nephews.

Ruth is preceded in death by her husband; Warren Hawkins, son; Robert Tate, grandson; Gary Elswick Jr., son-in-law; Dexter Maynard, daughter- in-law; Venis Tate parents and all of her siblings.

Funeral Service will be Friday November 11,2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Salem United Methodist Church, 80 East Buckeye Street, West Salem with Pastors James Westermann and Martha Mathatas officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial in Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Wooster, Ohio. Memorials may be given to the West Salem United Methodist Church in Ruth’s memory. If you would like to share a memory or a photo with the family you may do so at


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Funeral Service
November 11, 2022

11:00 AM
West Salem United Methodist Church
80 East Buckeye Street
West Salem, Ohio 44287

November 11, 2022

11:00 AM to 11:00 AM
West Salem United Methodist Church (West Salem)

November 11, 2022

1:00 PM
Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Ohio, Wooster


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