Ruth M. Bear Carpenter

| October 7, 2016

OBIT PICWEST LAFAYETTE – Ruth M. “Marie” Bear Carpenter, age 89, of West Lafayette, passed away on Wednesday evening, October 5, 2016, at Walnut Grove Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, after a brief illness. Marie was born on June 9, 1927, in Guernsey County near West Chester, to the late Foy Earl and Amanda Elizabeth Ripley Bear.

Marie was a 1946 graduate of Freeport High School. On September 20, 1947, she married Jack E. Carpenter, who passed away on March 13, 2009. Marie was a Methodist by faith, and growing up attended many churches in the West Chester/Freeport areas, and formerly attended the West Lafayette United Methodist Church.

A wife, mother, and homemaker, Marie assisted her husband in the operation of his business, Jack E. Carpenter Plumbing & Heating, for many of the 41 years it has been in existence. Marie was an excellent cook and baker, and instilled a great work ethic in each of her children. Marie had a love of cats, vegetables and flower gardening, and bird feeding and watching.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter, Donald E. (Donna) Carpenter of Warsaw, Richard D. (Linda) Carpenter of Kannaplois, N.C., and Michelle A. Carpenter (boyfriend, Dennis Bluck) of West Lafayette. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelma (Orval) Plotts of Freeport; one sister-in-law, Ann Brokaw Bear of Freeport; one brother-in-law, Robert M. (Patricia) Carpenter of Coshocton; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Along with her parents and husband, Marie was preceded in death by her brothers, Floyd (Elsie Stevens) Bear, Dean E. (Esther Rodgers) Bear, and Heywood G. Bear, 2 nieces, and 3 nephews.

Calling hours for Marie will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 4:00-6:00pm at Given-Dawson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 10, 2016, at the funeral home at 11:00 am with Pastor Donald Silverthorne officiating. Burial will follow at Waggoner Cemetery near West Lafayette. Memorial donations may be made in Marie’s name to Coshocton County REACT’s Memorial Garden Project, P. O. Box 937, Coshocton, Ohio 43812.

The family wishes to thank Steve Dawson for the care of both parents at their passing, and for their beautiful monument.

An online memorial can be viewed at

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