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Ruth Irene (Nowlin) BARTO
February 4, 1932 ~ June 18, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Ruth Irene Nowlin Barto, 91, of Quakertown, died peacefully at home on the afternoon of Sunday, June 18, 2023. She was the wife of Donald C. Barto, who preceded her in death one year ago on June 5, 2022. Ruth was born in Tyrone, Blair County, Pennsylvania, the youngest of 5 children born to Edgar B. Sr. and Edna (Myers) Nowlin. Ruth graduated from Warriors Mark High School in Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania in 1950. Prior to her death, she was the last surviving member of her class. Following her move to Quakertown with her husband in 1950, Ruth worked for several years in the office at the former Sapphire Hosiery in Quakertown. After the birth of her children, Ruth dedicated her life to raising and caring for her family and to her church and community by actively volunteering in many areas. During her 72 years as a member of Quakertown United Methodist Church, she served in many leadership positions: Board of Trustees President, United Methodist Women President, Chicken Barbecue Committee Chair, Usher Team Coordinator, Kitchen Coordinator, Building Committee, and Friendship Circle member. She was passionate about the future life of her church. She loved her church family and attended worship faithfully including the morning of the day she died. In the Quakertown community, she had volunteered with the Bucks County Department of Health - Well-Child Clinic and for many years was the borough coordinator for the American Cancer Society’s door-to-door fundraising campaigns in Quakertown Borough. In addition, she served for many years as a Republican Committee Woman for the 4th Ward in the borough. She was also an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, the 76ers, and the Quakertown Panthers, especially when her children and grandson were actively involved with the sports programs. Surviving are twins – daughter Melea Ruth (husband P. Lynn Rupert, Jr.) and son, Curtiss Nowlin Barto, all of Quakertown; a grandson, Ryan Curtiss Rupert (wife Amanda) of Pennsburg; two great-grandsons, Jaxton Jeffrey and Jacoby Curtiss Rupert of Williamsport, PA, and one more due this summer. She is also survived by three step-great-grandchildren, Ella, Kollin, and Emelia Cron; a nephew, Timothy Nowlin, and 6 nieces Deborah Hoover, Kathy Bedger, Denise Nowlin, Pamela Priar, Molly Grove, and Amy Nowlin. In addition to her parents and husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her 4 brothers, Edgar B. Jr., Calvin A., David L., and Samuel M. Nowlin, a niece Penelope Bucsek, and nephews Andrew and David Nowlin. A service of remembrance will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, June 28 with a calling time at 10 AM at Quakertown United Methodist Church, 1875 Freier Road, Quakertown PA 18951. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the QUMC Endowment Fund, for educational grants, at the church address listed above. Arrangements: CR Strunk Funeral Home Inc., Quakertown PA.