Kraeer-Fairchild Funeral Home and Cremation Center

4061 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL


Ruth Theo Cosdon

January 16, 1923November 3, 2019

On Sunday, November 3, 2019, Ruth (Trimmer) Dettor Cosdon, of Arlington, Virginia, departed this world peacefully at her home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Ruth was born in Washington, DC and grew up on Capitol Hill. Ruth was graduated from Eastern High School following which she attended Strayer’s Business College. During WWII Ruth was employed by the American Automobile Association and the Hod Carriers Union. Later she worked for and retired from the American Gas Association.

In 1945 she married Norman Monroe Dettor, Jr. of Washington, DC, a WWII Seabees Navy veteran. They raised three children, Stephen Norman Dettor (Lee Daniel Dettor), of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Diane Ruth Deering (John Stafford Deering) of Cape Coral, Florida and Wendy Sue Dettor of Arlington, VA.

Ruth later married Walter B. Cosdon of Arlington, VA who predeceased her.

Ruth is also survived by her six grandsons, Shaun Deering (Jill), Steve Dettor (Gina), Todd Dettor (Margie), Trimmer Dettor (Mary Jo), David Dettor (Heather) and Daniel Dettor (Nora) and eight great grandchildren, Parker, Lulu, Nash, Olive, Trimmer, Clarke, Brooke and Delle.

The family plans a private Celebration of Life in the future.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kraeer-Fairchild Funeral Home, 4061 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308. You may leave a note or share a memory in the Legacy Guest Book available at the link below.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s memory may be directed to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-Northern Virginia) https://www.nami-northernvirginia.org


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Nancy Hunt

November 18, 2019

We will all miss your loving smile and support.elegant beauty,mom,grandma,great grandma,aunt. Missed by all ,aunt ruth.

Kendra Liverman

November 13, 2019

Diane, Steve and Wendy. I’m so sorry for your loss. We loved Aunt Ruth so much. She was one of my favorites growing up honestly! Such a great personality, sense of humor and an infectious smile. Her memory will live on through you all and the grandkids, great grandkids. You all are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through these next few weeks and months ahead. Love to you all! Cousin Kendra