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Ruth Mary (Neal) Abbitt

Born: Sat., Sep. 24, 1927
Died: Fri., Feb. 12, 2021


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Ruth Mary Abbitt, 93, died February 12, 2021 in Westfield, IN at Wellbrooke of Westfield. She was born at home in Sheridan, IN to Earl Neal and Ethel Pickett Neal on September 24,1927. Growing up on a small family farm, Ruth Mary was educated in a one-room school, later graduating from Sheridan High School. She attended Purdue University, but returned home to marry Charles Abbitt and start a life sharing the responsibilities of the farm and raising three children. Having survived the Great Depression, the Palm Sunday tornado, and even Covid-19, her faith never waivered, and her kindness and sweet nature masked an inner strength that was the marvel of all who knew her.  The family would like to thank the staff at Saunders Glen and Wellbrooke of Westfield for her care the last few years. She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia (Steve) Brinegar of Westfield, IN, and Susan (Donnie) Law of Tipton, IN. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Charles Abbitt and her son Steven Abbitt predeceased her. A memorial and burial will be held later this spring in Sheridan, IN. In lieu of flowers, donations to her memory may be made to Terhune United Methodist Church, 8392 Washington St., Sheridan, IN 46069, or to the food pantry of your choice. Everyone is invited to sign the online guestbook, leave a condolence or share a memory at fisherfunerals.com

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Christine Barrick
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
Susie and Patty and families, So sorry to learn about the passing of your mother. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Your mother was a special, sweet, kind lady. Hugs and love to you.

Chris and Butch

Nancy Reid-Dir. of Activities, Sanders Glen
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
My favorite resident, my favorite participant. I can see her now with a red nose on, in a luau outfit, dressed in western attire with her partner, Verona & her sharp shooters! Always a kind word, sweet cards and her willingness to do anything. I quote her often! "You'll never know where you will end up if you get on the bus with nancy." (pulling off the road with a bus full of residents to get corn stalks for decorations. and yes I knew the people who owned the stalks. Fly high, my friend. Nancy R

Luauna Brougher
   Posted Fri February 19, 2021
Aunt Ruth Mary was 8 years older than me. I only had 2 aunts and I didn't get to see her often but always enjoyed the Neal Christmases & later the family reunions. She was a sweet lady and I will always remember her smiling. Lets keep in touch for sure!

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