MOUNT VERNON — Bonita Loree Ruhl, daughter of Harry Eastman and Margaret Jane (Richard) Ruhl was born Dec. 15, 1934, in Middlebury Township, Knox County, and died at her home in Mount Vernon on Nov. 6, 2009.
Bonita attended Fredericktown schools, graduating from high school in 1952 where she made many lasting friendships. As a young woman, she was an accomplished athlete, gaining recognition for her considerable talents in softball and bowling. She served in the Naval Reserves 30 years and was a member of Batemantown Methodist Church, Middlebury Grange and the Fredericktown Pythian Sisters.
Bonnie, or “Toots” as she was sometimes called, loved animals and worked as an assistant to Dr. Clyde Purdy DVM for several years. More recently she worked as a clerk at the Knox County Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
When her father died, she and her mother ran the family farm. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Florence Evadine Swihart (Donald Lee) and Leona Irene Simmons (Harold H.); and a nephew, Sam Simmons. She is survived by two brothers, Forrest William (Eleanor Willits) Ruhl and Richard A. (Jacqueline I. Gordon) Ruhl; and 16 nephews and nieces.
Her quick smile, friendliness and willingness to lend a hand in times of need will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Friends may call Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown. Private interment will take place at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown on her parent’s lot.
The family requests that donations be made in Bonita’s name to the Knox County Humane Society, 400 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Bonita Loree Ruhl.