Ruth Hamilton Ouzts
April 2, 1924 – September 9, 2020
COLUMBIA - Ruth Hamilton Ouzts, 96, a resident of the Episcopal Home at Still Hopes since 2005, died Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
She was the daughter of the late William Daniel Nelson Ouzts and Emmie Hill Ouzts. She was predeceased by her sister, Miriam Ouzts Speed; her brother, The Rev. Peter Daniel Ouzts; and her niece, June Speed Cronin.
Ruth grew up in Ware Shoals, SC and was a graduate of Winthrop College and the Woman's Missionary Training School-Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Her life's work was in Baptist Book Stores, starting in Alexandria, LA, and managing stores at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC; in Roanoke, VA and in Louisville, KY. In Louisville, Ruth was an Altrusa Club member and was a Kentucky Colonial.
She retired to Columbia in 1986 to help take care of her mother. Shortly after her move she started volunteering at the zoo because she had always loved animals. She and Jo Hines worked as a team there every week for over 30 years. Ruth never wanted to stop and didn't until a couple of years ago.
She joined St. Andrews Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School and faithfully attending all services. She worked in the church library for many years, and she helped with Kids' Cafe until she had to give up driving. At Still Hopes she was volunteer extraordinaire, and she was always looking out for her friends.
Ruth is survived by her nieces, Joanna Speed Walkup (Bill) of Columbia, Miriam "Mitzi" Speed Hall of Forsyth, GA, and Elizabeth Ouzts of Raleigh, NC; her nephew, Nelson Ouzts of Jupiter FL; great-nieces, Rev. Karen Newsome, Laura Walkup, Leah Freeman, Meredith Storey; and great-nephews, Dr. Bill Walkup and Chris Walkup; 11 great-great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-great-nephew. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Henrietta Ouzts.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the Saluda neighborhood at Still Hopes for their loving and compassionate care. Memorials may be made St. Andrews Baptist Church, the Episcopal Home at Still Hopes, or the Riverbanks Zoo.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a funeral service for the family only was held Saturday, September 12, 2020 in Greenwood Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Fred DeFoor officiating.
Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Ruth Hamilton Ouzts
September 14, 2020
My deepest sympathy at this sad time. Ruth was a very special person to all of us at St Andrews Baptist Church. She was so active and always there. She was what a WMU person was supposed to be like. We have missed her these last few months while we were shut in due to the virus and so sad that we didn't get to say goodbye. However, we will see her again in Heaven for sure. Her life was well spent & I am so glad that I got to know this wonderful lady.
September 12, 2020
Saying goodbye to a dear friend is very hard for me. I loved her dearly and I have made many memories with her. We worked together in the library for many years. We had some great times together. I will miss her because we sat together in church on Sunday when we were able to go.. She was A great lady and a devoted Christian.. So goodbye Ruth you will be missed but I know you are celebrating in heaven with your brother and sister.