Ruth Ann Harkless Baer

12 February, 19528 October, 2021
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In her life, or in her death, let Jesus be glorified. Ruth Ann Harkless Baer was called home October 8, 2021, to begin eternity in the arms of Christ. Her time with all of us is done, but her time is not done as she will forever live in the heavens. We may grieve, but only for a moment, and then share in her joy. Just remember all the fun and happy times together, the times we cried and comforted each other, but most of all remember the love we shared. Continue to love and care for each other for she will be watching over us with continued love.

She is now with her sweet daughter Sara. We all know how much she missed and loved her. So as you move on with your lives, celebrate every moment, and know that every kindness you extend, every bit of love you share and every unselfish act you perform really does live for eternity. This is how Ruth lived her life. As her favorite saying goes, Heaven Lies Just Beyond the Rainbow.

Ruth, 69, a resident of Thomasville, NC, was born February 12, 1952, in Akron, Ohio, to the late Andrew and Ruth Harkless (Bryan). A 1970 graduate of Garfield High School, she worked for B.F. Goodrich after graduation and later worked for the United States Postal Service for more than 38 years. In her quiet time she enjoyed gardening, movies, traveling and spending time with her grandson Elias. She and her sister bravely fought breast cancer together and now fought a tough battle with Lewy Body Dementia. She attended Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church since her arrival in North Carolina 27 years ago. A devoted Christian, she belonged to the Fellowship Sunday School Class.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Sara Leann Baer. Surviving is her son, Jeremy Baer (Sandy) Bethesda Maryland; sisters, Gloria Escajeda (Richard) and Mary Walker, Thomasville NC; and brother, Andrew L. Harkless (Donna), New Philadelphia, Ohio. Her nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much, also survive her.

A funeral service will be held at Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church, 222 Mt Zion Church Rd, Thomasville, NC 27360, on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park in Thomasville.

The family will greet friends on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Sechrest-Davis Funerals and Cremations, 18 Randolph Street, Thomasville, NC 27360.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to one of the following foundations in memory of Ruth: Lewy Body Dementia at or National Breast Cancer Foundation at

The family is under the care of Sechrest-Davis Funerals and Cremations of Thomasville. Online condolences may be shared at –select obituaries.


  • Andrew & Ruth Harkless, Parents (deceased)
  • Sara LeAnn Baer, Daughter (deceased)
  • Jeremy Baer & wife Sandy, Son
  • Gloria Escajeda & husband Richard, Sister
  • Mary Walker, Sister
  • Andrew L. Harkless & wife Donna, Brother
  • Mrs. Baer is also survived by her nieces & nephews whom she loved very much.


  • Visitation

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  • Funeral Service

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Brenda Varner

14 October 2021

I always admired Ruth more than she ever knew. She was a lady that endured many hardships (including the loss of a child). Jeremy and family, please know that I am praying for you during this difficult time and hope that you can be comforted knowing that Ruth has been healed and is in Heaven. Brenda Varner

Amy Watson

14 October 2021

We met Ruth at the gym doing spin class together. We became friends and enjoyed eating dinner together and listening to music and enjoying good conversations..may her life be a testimony to all

Terry Baer

14 October 2021

I first met Ruth at her grandson's birthday party last year whom she dearly loved. She was extremely pleasant and our conversations were like old friends. Ruth will be missed by all who knew her.

Sharon Stanley

13 October 2021

My dear friend Ruth, I still can’t believe you are gone. Ruth and I worked together for many years at the post office. She was a great worker as well as a real friend.You have been such a great, sweet , caring and loving friend. Always doing for others. Weather it be a birthday card she would send or a get well card. She cared for everyone and I will cherish our friendship forever. She was just a beautiful lady inside and out. I will cherish all our times together . We love and will miss you our Ruthie ❤️

Judy Kiger Warner

10 October 2021

I had the pleasure of meeting Ruth when I taught Jeremy and Sara at Fair Grove School. Ruth was always a supportive and positive parent. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Susan Gallimore

10 October 2021

Ruth was was always so friendly and made you feel loved.

Heidi Spaan

10 October 2021

I am thankful to have known Ruth who loved our Lord, Jesus. She was kind and generous, and devoted to her faith and family. I take comfort knowing she is with Jesus and her precious daughter, Sara. ✝️

Janie Avant

10 October 2021

I will remember Ruth’s friendly smile and positivity. She was brave, strong, and a sweet Christian lady that will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers for the family; hold tight to your memories.

Lisa Ward

10 October 2021

I had the pleasure to meet Ruth several years ago. She was a beautiful lady and had a beautiful soul. Very sweet lady. Praying for the family.

Michelle Smith

10 October 2021

I remember very last time I saw a Ruth we were at the gym and I was walking she was working out a little enjoying time with her sister she wanted to walk with me a little bit so we did we did a couple laps talked over old times our kids grew up together how much we miss Sara. We talked about her son and how well he was doing and the grandbaby. I will miss you and wonder how your meeting with Sara went I know it was glorious.

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