Ruthanita Montoya Redmond, 84, of Belpre, passed away Oct. 26, 2012, at CAMC in Charleston, W.Va.
She was born on March 20, 1928, in Anaheim, Calif., to Lois and D.D. (Monty) Montoya.
Ruthanita graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1946. After high school, she enrolled in The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, as a home economics major. There she met her future husband, Roger F. Redmond, at University Baptist Church. Roger and Ruthanita were married on March 16, 1947, in Parkersburg, W.Va.
Ruthanita was a member of First Baptist Church of Parkersburg for over 63 years. While a member of First Baptist, Ruthanita served as Moderator, Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Christian Education. She also is a past president of the American Baptist Women's Ministry at First Baptist Church. Other service organizations Ruthanita was involved in included the Belpre Woman's Club, of which she was a past president, and the Parkersburg Lions Club as a Lioness.
Survivors include Ruthanita's brother, Thomas Montoya and his wife, Jackie Montoya, of Mora, N.M.; four children, Roger Redmond Jr. of Belpre, Ohio, Rebecca R. Hesser-Horst and husband, David Horst, of Eagle River, Alaska, Rachel Ann Hobart and husband, Donald L. Hobart, of Anderson, Ind., and Rosemary Redmond-Decker and husband, Daniel J. Decker, of Belpre, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Amanda L. Hesser, Melissa C. Cheesman and Charles F. Cheesman III.
Ruthanita was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Lou Montoya; brother, James Montoya; and husband, Roger F. Redmond.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, located at 1710 23rd St., Parkersburg, with Pastor Kurt Busiek and the Rev. Gerald Morgan officiating. Visitation will follow the service in the church Fellowship Hall.
Memorial contributions may be given to Cedar Grove Personal Care, Attn: Activity Department, 110 Nicolette Road, Parkersburg, WV 26104. Contributions to the Activity Department will help provide games, tables, party supplies and gifts to enhance the enjoyment of the residents.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.leavittfuneralhome.com