Ruth Darlene Claspell
March 15, 1938 – November 15, 2020
Ruth Darlene Claspell, 82, of Evansville, IN, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020. She was born on March 15, 1938 to Willard “Frank” Doneghue and Alma “Mary” (Richardson) Gray.
She was the owner and operator of Nana’s Nursery Childcare Provider for 30 years, where she was known as “Nana Ruth.” She was a co-founder and co-director of River City Child Care Inc., a Child and Adult Care Food Program/CACFP for licensed daycare homes from 1980 – 2000. She was instrumental in bringing the child nutrition program for licensed daycare homes to Vanderburgh County subsequently to all surrounding counties. It was a major accomplishment that she was very proud of. Traveling to Indianapolis to get legislation passed and even help write legislation regarding licensing and all things related to licensed daycare homes and nutrition.
She enjoyed vacationing in Florida and visiting Disney World. Ruth was a member of St. Benedict Cathedral where she would bake pies for church meals and summer socials. She was a wonderful cook, who would bake cookies for every Christmas and gift them to everyone she knew. Ruth loved the holidays, cooking and celebrating with all of her family together. Giving others joy is what made her happy. Everyone who met her loved her. She loved her children and grandchildren who were the center of her world.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orrie Lee Claspell, Sr.; son, Timothy Robert Claspell; and two great-grandchildren, Colton and Tyler.
She is survived by her children, Gregory Lewis Claspell (Nancy), Lee Claspell (Carol), Tammie Bivens (Ernest), and Brian Claspell (Vicki); daughter-in-law, Lynne Claspell; grandchildren, Michael, Jenna, Kyle, Jason, Chrissy, Isaac, Candice, Megan, Andrea, Chris, Brandi, Jake, Jessica, Danielle, Nicole, Devon, Rachel, Matthew, Joshua, Sarah, Nick, Cassidy, and Nolan; 27 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at University Nursing and Rehabilitation and Aseracare Hospice for their love and compassion for the woman they even knew as Mom.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020 at St. Benedict Cathedral with The Very Rev. Godfrey Mullen OSB officiating. Entombment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Alexander East Chapel. Ruth’s service will be livestreamed at 11:00 a.m. on Friday using the following link, www.facebook.com/saintbenedictcathedral
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Benedict Cathedral.
Condolences may be offered at www.AlexanderEastChapel.com.
- Gregory Lewis Claspell (Nancy), Son
- Lee Claspell (Carol), Son
- Tammi Bivins (Ernest), Daughter
- Brian Claspell (Vicki), Son
- Lynne Claspell, Daughter-in-law
- Michael, Jenna, Kyle, Jason,, Grandchildren
- Chrissy, Isaac, Candice,, Grandchildren
- Megan, Andrea, Chris,, Grandchildren
- Brandi, Jake, Jessica,, Grandchildren
- Danielle, Nicole, Devon,, Grandchildren
- Rachel, Matthew, Joshua,, Grandchildren
- Sarah, Nick, Cassidy, and Nolan, Grandchildren
- Mrs. Claspell also leaves behind 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.
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Thursday, November 19, 2020
A Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, November 20, 2020
Ruth Darlene Claspell
November 19, 2020
Aunt Ruthie was a special lady who always made us feel loved and special. She was the heart and soul of your beautiful family, and that will always remain. We hope you take comfort in knowing that all the love and care she gave her family, you gave her back. She was cherished, and always will be.
Keeping you all in our hearts and prayers.
Laura and Bill
November 17, 2020
Grandma, I love you more than words can express. Losing you has left a void in my heart that I know will never be the same without you. I would give anything to wrap my arms around you one more time and hear your voice tell me “I love you baby,” once more, but I know that you are at peace. I know you’re with Uncle Tim and Grandpa Orrie and great-grandma and great-grandpa. I know you’re celebrating a life long lived. You’ve earned this rest grandma.
Until We Meet Again
November 17, 2020
Dear Sweet Mommy, I Love you more than words can express. Will miss you more than I can possibly imagine. May you Rest In Peace in Our Lord’s perpetual and everlasting light and love. Till me meet again in Heaven, you will always be in my heart and mind. As always, three kisses, Your only daughter, Tammie