Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home

127 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL


Ruth Hope Long

August 20, 1925September 9, 2019

Ruth Long, 94, passed into eternal paradise with her beloved Lord and Savior on September 9th, 2019. Ruth was born on August 20th, 1925 to Daniel and Margaret Stroble in Jacksonville, Florida. Ruth had a fierce love for her family, friends, and her Lord. She was a devout member of Highlands Baptist Church and was an active singer in the church choir. Ruth spent over 50 years married to her beloved husband, Earl. She was very proud of her career as the switch board operator for Gulf Life Insurance, were she also sang in the company’s choir.

Ruth loved spending time with and talking to everyone in her life. She had a unique ability to be a ray of sunshine for her loved ones in difficult times and would fervently pray for every aspect of their life. She was truly a prayer warrior for everyone she knew. Ruth loved photography and was known as the family photographer/videographer, as she always had her camera or camcorder in hand. Ruth was an aviation enthusiast and loved anything that would get her feet off the ground. Flying with the Blue Angels was one of her biggest dreams. She often said she was still a child at heart, as she still “loved to climb trees and ride roller coasters.” Ruth will be sorely missed by everyone in her life, but her family and friends choose to celebrate her life, knowing she is now experiencing the sweet Beulah Land with her Savior that she so passionately lived her life for.

Ruth was predeceased by her parents, husband, siblings: Carol, Dan, Emily, and Cindy, and her nephew, Danny. She is survived by her beloved family: Carole Ann and Bill McLeish; Pam and Dan Caton; Jean Smith (Camryn and Ari); Zeda Stroble; Sheryl and Chuck Douglas (Ransom); Denise Langlois; George and Janet Harris; The Babb Family of Midland Texas; Ronald and Linda Long; Deborah and Jimmy Wood; Cody and Angela Wood (Ella, Sauner, and Daniel); Casey Wood and Bert Williams.

A Memorial Service will be held at Highlands Baptist Church, 2159 Broward Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218 on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Highlands Baptist Church in memory of Ruth.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 14, 2019


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Cindy Leavens Winston

September 14, 2019

Ruthie was one of my Mom’s besties. She was a bright ray of sunshine and left an indelible impression on the Leavens family for sure. Fly high sweet Ruthie! Give Mom a hug for us. Love and prayers to the family.