Ruth E. Lykens

Oct. 11, 1948 - Oct. 11, 2017


Ruth E. Lykens, 69, Williamsburg, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday evening at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg, after an extended illness.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Roland E. and Julia Gladys-Arella (Lear) Luke. On Sept. 18, 1965, she married David E. Lykens in Williamsburg, and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2008.

Surviving are two children: Regina S. (Mark) Nedimyer and Thomas G. Lykens, both of Williamsburg; five grandchildren: David J. (Christina), Ryan A., Rachelle L. (Tony) Rispoli, William D. and Kathryn E.; four great-grandchildren: Aiden, Rosaleen, Damian and Blake Rispoli; two brothers: James D. (Arlene) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Richard D. “Rick” (Nancy) of Williamsburg; and two sisters: Judy (Darryl) Cole and Violet M. Blontz, both of Williamsburg.

She was preceded in death by a son, William D., on

Jan. 3, 1996; and seven siblings: Roland E. Jr., Dorothy L. Bowser, Samuel J., Margie J. Bowser, Mary Alice Grubb, Betty J. Luke and Charles E.

Ruth was a 1964 graduate of Williamsburg High School and a 1981 graduate of Trocaire College, Buffalo, N.Y., where she received an associate’s degree in registered nursing. She began her nursing career in Irving, N.Y., working as a registered nurse at Lakeshore Hospital for approximately 11 years. She was employed locally as a home nurse, and she also worked for The Village at Morrisons Cove and Homewood at Martinsburg.

She was an active, longtime member of Grace Pointe Community Church, formerly Williamsburg Church of God. She enjoyed sewing, reading and listening to Southern gospel music.

Friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday,

Oct. 15, 2017, at John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday,

Oct. 16, 2017, at Grace Pointe Community Church, Williamsburg, Bishop Dennis J. Pruitt officiating. A private interment will be held at Oreminea Cemetery, rural Williamsburg.

The family suggests that memorial donations be given to American Cancer Society, Blair Unit, 1004 N. Juniata St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.