Ruth Ann McGrath-Priest

August 16, 1948February 24, 2021

Ruth Ann McGrath-Priest was born on August 16, 1948 and passed away on February 24, 2021 and is under the care of Covell Funeral Home.

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Ruth Ann McGrath-Priest

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Julie Claire

June 22, 2021

Ruth Ann was in my intuitive painting class for a few years. The class was small and intimate and although we met online, we all got to really know each other in relationship to creativity and our love of art.

Ruth Ann was passionate about her art life--she brought in such a stash of curiosity and pleasure, I really feel it was one of her many gifts in her life--to be alive with paint, color and expression.

She was so enthusiastic about all the nuances that would show up in her paintings--almost as if she was tapping into a magical channel of life full of animals, nature, color and meaning.

She loved teaching her own intuitive painting classes too--I really feel like she had discovered a new way to engage the world--as a facilitator of creative process.

I will miss her greatly. I will never forget her love of the creative process and how great it was to get to know her.

Jill Grenchik

April 9, 2021

I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Ruth-Ann. From what I can tell, she was an amazing person. The truth is, I never really met her. In 2018, one of our pet rabbits escaped our backyard and took up residency at Ruth’s. I honestly know it was no accident. When we made the connection that our boy, “Carol” was the culprit eating her meticulously carved pumpkin rejects, we began the mission of coaxing him back to our yard. Throughout the next few weeks, Ruth-Ann assured us that she was making sure Carol had his daily apple and plenty of kale from her compost pile. She helped set up traps and bought him straw and never once complained when he had moved down all of her landscape. Carol finally made it back to our yard, but continued to take seasonal vacations to his happy place while Ruth-Ann and I continued our friendship. She told me about her sled dogs, her time in Lake Ann, the neighborhood squirrels (including Eleanor that she had trained to eat peanuts) and more. She was always the first to give me dog advice and I just can tell that she had the most beautiful heart. I am so glad that our paths crossed and to share a little piece of who she was even if it was a simple as this. From our family to yours….

Dan Bryant

March 22, 2021

I enjoyed knowing Ruth Ann when we both belonged to Anytime Fitness. Our birth dates were just days apart in 1948 and we shared the same political views. I'm saddened that a kindred soul has left us. Ruth Ann was a beautiful person in body and mind and will always be remembered for her kind heart and passion for doing the right thing. She defended the underdog and exuded confidence that in the end right will always prevail. Rest in peace, dear soul.

Lorie Butler

March 8, 2021

Sorry to see that Ruth Ann passed away. Our thoughts are with you. FYI, Jeanne Miller and Rosa Hansen, who worked at Michiana Industries, have also passed away.

Sandy Fritz

February 27, 2021

Russ, Kayla and family. Thinking of you at this sad time. I have many fond memories of walking with our dogs in tow, or should I say our dogs towed us. What a great friend Ruth Ann was and she was always willing to help others. Prayers to you as you reflect on memories over the years. Sincerely - Charlie and Sandy