Ruth Elise Williams

March 15, 1927December 3, 2018

Ruth E. Williams, 91, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018. She was born March 15, 1927 in Lima to the late Glenn W. and Margaret (Smith) Gladwell. She married her late husband, William R. Williams, on Christmas Eve following his return from the service. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary together in 2011. Ruth was devoted to her Christian faith and was an active member of First Church of the Nazarene in Lima. As a pastor’s wife for 35 years, she served her churches in many wonderful ways. She also worked for many years as a beloved care giver through private service and the Lima area Helping Hands organization. Ruth and Bill also worked within their Hover Park Neighborhood Association. This holiday season, she must be joyously celebrating our Lord and another cherished anniversary with William. Ruth will be deeply missed by her sons, David (Rebecca) Williams of Middletown, OH and Rev. James (Cheryl) Williams of Pineville, LA; sister, Gladys Phillips; grandchildren, Jeff (Patty) Williams, Tina Bellville, Angela (Jody) Wycinski, Eric (Jen) Pyle, Matthew (Natalie) Williams, Cara Williams, and Jaimie Williams; 8 great grandchildren; many relatives and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her oldest son, Frank Williams, 2 brothers and a sister. Visitation will be 12-1 PM, Friday, December 7, 2018 at SIFERD-ORIANS FUNERAL HOME, 506 N. Cable Rd, Lima, OH 45805. A funeral service will begin at 1 PM, immediately following the visitation, at the funeral home with Ruth’s son, Rev. James Williams, officiating. Graveside services will be at Bluelick Cemetery in procession from the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Ruth’s memory are suggested to First Church of the Nazarene, 300 W Elm St, Lima, OH 45801. Online condolences can be left at


  • Calling Hours Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Funeral Services Friday, December 7, 2018

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sharon stoots

December 22, 2018

I thought you might like to see the whole photo of Bill and Ruth and my parents and my mother's sisters at Happy Daze... Sharon Stoots

Sharon Stoots

December 22, 2018

I am sorry for your Loss, but I can only imagine how thrilled Bill and Ruth are to be able to celebrate their anniversary in the presence of JESUS! How SUPER wonderful that is! God Bless you everyone. I am sharing a picture of Ruthie with my Aunts and my Mom. The one closest to Ruthie is my mom's oldest sister, Mary Eastman. If I remember correctly they were in each other's weddings! Bill and Ruth were joining us at Happy Daze across from Lima Memorial. I have known Bill and Ruth my entire life. They have always been an encouragement to me! I always loved listening to them share memories with my parents (George and Dorothy McCoy) I only just found out about Ruthie' s passing, or I would have been at her celebration of life. She will be missed! Sharon (McCoy) Stoots

Putnam County Hospice

December 7, 2018

The staff of Putnam County Hospice would like to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. We will keep Ruth and all of her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

Faith Fryman

December 5, 2018

Bill and Ruth were fellow pastors in the Ohio Conference and worked along side of us for many years. Ruth was full of fun and enjoyed getting together for an evening of fellowship. She was a godly woman and had a heart for missions. She was a praying woman and cared about people with spiritual needs. We remember her with great fondness. Our thoughts and love go out to the family at this time ...BUT we rejoice that we will all be united again one day. Live in that hope.