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Ruth E. (Ward) Gorby

May 21, 1955 ~ January 11, 2020 (age 64)


Rogers - Ruth E. Gorby, age 64, of Rogers, died on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Salem Regional Medical Center ER, Salem.

She was born on May 21, 1955 in East Palestine, OH, a daughter of the late Orville and Durita Hartman Ward.

Ruth was a lifetime area resident and had worked as a homemaker.  She enjoyed camping and spending time with her family.  Mostly, she loved being a grammy.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Michael Gorby, Sr., whom she married on July 11, 1972; three sons, Michael (Loretta) Gorby Jr. of Rogers, OH, Anthony "Tony" (Tiffany) Gorby Sr. of East Palestine, and Wayne (Mindy Schroeder) Gorby Sr. of Negley; a daughter, Brenda (Shannon) Kays of Austintown, OH; brother, Orville "Bud" Ward, Jr. of Negley, OH; three sisters, Sandra Gorby of Columbiana, OH, Judith Mackall of Shelby, NC, and Barbara Roudabush of Mechanicsville, OH, and by a half-sister, Alice Wolford of Lisbon.  Also surviving are many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Gemma Kae Gorby.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana.

Services will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 11:00 am at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at East Carmel Cemetery, Rogers, OH.

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January 15, 2020

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home
28 North Main Street
Columbiana, OH 44408

Funeral Service
January 16, 2020

11:00 AM
Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home
28 North Main Street
Columbiana, OH 44408

January 16, 2020

12:30 PM
East Carmel Cemetery
Carmel Achor Road
Rogers, OH 44455

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