Ruth F. Rothe
13 June, 1928 – 30 May, 2021
Ruth Glenna Freil Robinson Rothe was born in Fairfield, Alabama at the TCI Hospital (later Lloyd Nolan Hospital) on June 13, 1928 to parents Lawrence Edward and Mazie Newman Freil. She attended Jefferson County Schools, Fairfield High School and graduated from Hueytown High School in 1946. She attended Athens College in Athens, AL, where she met and married Bruce Reid Robinson in 1947.
Ruth is survived by her five children, Kay R Clements, Jo R Spangler, Paul R Robinson, Harold W Robinson and Benjamin E Robinson, her sister, Barbara Freil Caine, her step daughter Barbara Williams (Fraser); 10 grandchildren: Sam Reid Robinson, Matt Clements, Erin Spangler Blackburn, Lindsey Robinson, Rachel Robinson, Emily Robinson, Katie Clements Hill, Alison Spangler Flautt, Bruce Robinson, Michael Robinson,16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The family lived in Athens, AL until 1950 when they moved to Huntsville, AL, and Ruth resided there until 2015. She lived in the Hillendale community, where their house was the center of activities for many neighborhood children. Ruth participated in parent and teacher activities at Terry Heights School, Meadow Drive Baptist Church and supports her son’s athletic activities when they played baseball.
In 1958 she established a kindergarten in her house and in 1963, moved it to the Meadow Drive Baptist Church. In 1969 Ruth became an employee of Huntsville City School System as a social worker. She attended UAH as a part-time student during this time. She completed her undergraduate degree in elementary education and her Masters’ degree in Education in 1978. From 1974-1981 she taught second grade and transitioned to special education and provided psychometric testing at Rolling Hills Elementary for the City of Huntsville. She retired in May of 1989.
Ruth was widowed by the late Bruce Reid Robinson in 1981. In 1986 she was married to Heinrich Carl Rothe, a German Aerospace scientist she was introduced to by her German neighbors. Ruth enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening, and gathering with friends for social activities. Henry died in 1994. Ruth joined the Huntsville Area Friendship Force, a group who traveled to domestic and foreign places to meet new friends. She was able to travel with them for several years. She also traveled with her sisters to Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, and several states in the US.
When Ruth retired from teaching, she became a member of the Burritt Museum Guild. For 25 years she volunteered at the Mansion planting flowers, assisting with fund raising activities, and served on various committees. During the Christmas season, she worked with other Guild members to provide the Monte Sano Mountain community a beautifully decorated historical home in the style of Williamsburg with dining by firelight. She also joined her neighbors in garden club projects and participated in civic activities with the community.
Ruth joined the Monte Sano Baptist Church where she attended faithfully, taught Sunday School and participated in other church-sponsored activities. Ruth enjoyed her home on Monte Sano mountain and shared it for social events. During the spring she offered visits down the nature trail where there were many wildflowers and native plants, as well as birds and small animals to enjoy. Ruth was well educated on the many plants and animals on the trail and shared this information with her visitors.
Ruth had a positive attitude and encouraged her children to work hard, set continuous goals to achieve success, so they could have a better life. She demonstrated an excellent work ethic. Ruth wrote extensively and we found this entry in her journal: “My goal is to give to others and I have tried to keep this promise. I try to do something nice for someone every day. I may not always be able to, but it is an honorable goal and should not be taken lightly.” Her children believe that this is how she lived her life. She was a generous person, always giving her family and friends interests a high priority. She was loved by her children and family who wish to extend heartfelt thanks to her many dear friends, neighbors, co-workers, and church family who helped make Ruth’s last years enjoyable.
The family will have a graveside service at Huntsville Memory Gardens on June 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Burritt Museum or Monte Sano Baptist Church.
Sunday, 13 June , 2021
Ruth F. Rothe
10 June 2021
Ms. Ruth joined our Sunday School Class at Shades Crest about three years ago when she moved to live with her daughter here. What an absolute joy she was from the very beginning. It was as though she had been with us forever. Joined in and shared an amazing knowledge of the Bible.
We grew to love her dearly and she will be deeply missed. Rest in Peace sweet lady and Rise to Glory.