Berry Highland West

9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN


Ruth Romaine Motz

February 15, 1926September 1, 2019

Ruth Cope Motz passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 1, in Knoxville, Tennessee from complications of Alzheimer’s. Born to Daniel and Ella Cope in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania she grew up at the Tressler Orphanage in Loysville, Pennsylvania following the untimely death of her father. Ruth was married to John Robert (Bob) Motz in 1944. Following the end of the 2nd World War, they moved to Hagerstown, Maryland where they raised 4 sons. In 1971 they relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Ruth was primarily a homemaker, but enjoyed playing golf with her family, playing tennis competitively and earned abundant masters points playing contract bridge. Ruth also operated Camp Motz where she would entertain her grandchildren and their select friends for 2 weeks each summer doing abundant fun things and plying everyone with a seemingly endless supply of cookies. Ruth is survived by sons Jack, Gary and Jim, grandsons John, Kris, Trevor, Bryan, Brad and Adam and great grandchildren Tristan, Noah, Chase, Riley, Cru, Ellie and Carwyn. Ruth was preceded in death by son Thomas C. Motz in 1971 and husband of 71 years, Bob, in 2016. Ruth was a most wonderful lady who surely made the world a better place for her family and friends and for that she will be missed daily. Family and friends will gather at 10:00 am Saturday, September 7, 2019 for an 11:00 am Funeral Service in the chapel at Berry Highland West, 9913 Sherill Blvd. Knoxville, TN 37912. Online condolences may be offered at www.BerryHighlandWest.com.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2019


Ruth Romaine Motz

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Charles Barranger

September 6, 2019

Ruth was the most kind and supportive woman I knew. My wife and I were introduced to Ruth in 1967 in Hagerstown, MD through her gentleman husband Robert Motz. Eventually we became neighbors in Knoxville, TN in 1971. Played lots of bridge and golf with both and miss and pray for them all the time. Ruth and Bob are now together in wonderful place. GOD BLESS them. Charles and Barbara Barranger

Linda Hadley

September 6, 2019

Ruthie always had a way of making me feel like one of her family. I fortunately have many fond memories of her and her warmth and generosity will be remembered by me and my sons for eternity. I hope that Ruthie and Bob are reunited in Heaven enjoying a round of golf together . I’ll miss you Ruthie!

Susan and Don Haberkost

September 4, 2019

Ruth was our neighbor on Tallahassee Lane. She was a wonderful lady. We shared many stories about our families, tennis, and bridge. She loved life and her family , she will be missed.