Lois B. Ruth nee Healy, passed on April 27, 2020, in Hagerstown, MD.
She was born in Paterson, NJ, on Oct. 27, 1923 to Herbert and Linda Healy (nee Jenkinson). Lois is survived by two daughters, Linda Landis (John) and Deborah Stewart (Thomas); nephew, Paul Michael Homan (Patty); five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-nieces.
In 1942, Lois joined The Navy Waves and was stationed in Norfolk, VA, where she met her husband, Frank. After the war, she and Frank married on July 12, 1948 and moved to Baltimore County, MD to raise their family. After Frank retired, they moved to Mystic Harbor in Berlin, MD, where Lois served on the Welcome Committee and was President of The Ladies Club for many years.
Lois enjoyed swimming, bird watching, going to the beach and being with her friends, especially the Ocean City Eight, as they called themselves. She loved being a grandmother and having her grandkids spend time with her and teaching them to swim while singing "I Could Have Danced All Night" with her New Jersey accent.
Lois will be missed by grandchildren, Jennifer Robinson and husband, Todd; their three sons, Kyle, Jake and Luke; Angie Ward and husband, Adam; their two sons, Carson and Mathew; Sherri Stewart, Thomas Stewart and Frank Stewart; and her special friend and sister of Adam Ward, Lisa Byrd.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; sister-in-law, Peggy Hohman; friend, Clifford Smith; and Jean Landis (son-in-law's mother), who passed 3 hours before Lois to meet her in the afterlife.
A memorial service for Lois and Frank will be held at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Lois' name to the Maryland Coastal Bays Program.
I was a cook at Brookdale and got to know Lois she was a real sweetheart loved seeing her smiling face and making her her favorite drink which was cranberry juice and orange juice mixed together. My heart was broken when I heard of her passing. My thoughts and prayers to you and your families.
I enjoyed seeing lois everyday . She s such a sweet sweet special lady. She will be missed greatly.
I’m so very sorry for your loss, I just loved ms Lois so very much she was a ray of sunshine who always had a smile to share she was such a loving gentle soul I was the first person she talked to when she moved into Brookdale and we talked a lot I always looked forward to seeing her she will be missed by all who knew her... I will cherish my memories of and with her always love holly front desk Brookdale
Waynesboro , Pa
a message from my sister in law who though not blood related went and saw her as much as she could. I will always appreciate that she took the time to drive up to see you."Angie I was so sorry to hear the news. Your Grandmother and I had the greatest conversations, I will never forget them or her. We had such a great connection, despite only being friends for a short time. She is who I aspire to be if I am blessed to make it to 96!" Mi I will miss you and thank God I turned out like you. I do wish I could have visited more but I will forever be grateful for the time we had eaçh visit and the boys already miss their GG.
So many good memories from Villa Nova involved your parents. Your house was always the fun place to be. I’m sorry for your loss. I’ll have a martini and toast their lives.
Jeanne Gibson Hawkins
New Windsor , Maryland
Dear Deb, Linda and Family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I cherish my wonderful memories of Villa Nova and our families. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. Judy Hess Anton
Judy Hess Anton
Westminster , Maryland
My condolences go out to the family. I'm Sherri's fiancee and didn't get to meet either one but sounded like good times and good people.
Dear Mi, My memories of you and Frank are endless and I could never pick a favorite as they are all my favorite. My first memory was of you and I hanging my diapers on the clothes line and it’s so vivid in my mind that I can still see myself handing you the clothes pins. I loved all of our backyard pool parties and you teaching us to swim. You singing “I could have danced all night” while swirling me around in the pool. All of our fun trips to Ocean City, going for rides in the boat and I always looked forward to getting to spend that time with you and big Frank. I loved going out with you and your girlfriends to lunch and when we would have our girls day out and go shopping together. All of the holidays were so special and the summers too. We always had so much fun together. I miss Frank teasing you and all of the laughing and fun times we had at your house. Those were some of the best days of my life. I mostly loved sitting with you and just talking. We would talk for hours about when you were younger or when I was younger or everyone else in the family was younger and I so enjoyed that. I loved when we looked at the photo albums or watched the home movies or listened to the taped voice recordings of everyone Frank made and reminisced. You would tickle my face or brush my hair. I miss that. It became a joke between us about how hard it was getting a hug out of me and you would laugh and tease me because you had to take my spaghetti arms and wrap them around you and hold them there, but I’d do anything to hug you right now and I wouldn’t struggle this time I promise. I was lucky to have you and Frank as my grandparents. My childhood was amazing and you have left me with a lifetime of memories to talk about to anyone that will listen or just to keep to myself in my heart. I love you Mi and I’ll miss you until I see you and Frankie again. Love, Sherri (your Sher bear)
My heart goes out to the family of Lois and Frank. I have the best memories having grown up next door to them in Baltimore. Summers were always fun as their living retreated to their screened-in back porch where they would have dinner and cheer on the Orioles and Colts! Best neighbors a little girl could have. I think of them as family, always. Love to all.
Ellen (Frizzell) Green
Chincoteague , VA
Dear Grandma, We share great memories in our hearts. Many Christmas’s together watching A Christmas Story. Countless summer vacations spent in Ocean City with you and grandpa. Going Fishing, the pool, and to the beach. Catching toads and fireflies. Saving baby ducks and being featured in your community news paper. Setting you and grandpa up with your first flat screen TV. You were always encouraging, supportive and loving. The last advice you gave me was to take care of my beautiful family. I have dedicated my life to doing so . Although we are worlds apart the moments we shared are timeless. You will forever be missed and loved. Love your grandson, Frank My wife, Katie Your first great granddaughter, Avery Your second great granddaughter, Addison
Hanover , PA