Ruth B. Kelley


May 31, 1924 – Jan. 31, 2018

Ruth B. Kelley, 93, Altoona, passed away Wednesday at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Glen White, Logan Township, daughter of the late Thomas A. and Georgia M. (Dunmire) Eichenlaub. On June 23, 1945, she married Oscar E. Kelley in Altoona, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1986.

Surviving are three sons: Gary E., Patrick A. (Marilyn L. Buck) and Bruce K. Kelley, all of Altoona; seven grandchildren: Amy C. Cornelius of Bethel, Gregory P. Kelley of Arvada, Colo., Ehrin C. Kelley of Pittsburgh, Tarah L. (Aaron) Van Deursen and Bryan P. Kelley, all of Chambersburg, Mackenzie R. Kelley and Aidan R. Kelley, both of Altoona; three great-grandchildren: Tyler A. and Rylee S. Cornelius of Bethel, and Parker Ann Van Deursen of Chambersburg; and a sister, Olive C. Neterer of West Melbourne, Fla.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph W. Eichenlaub (Mary C. Hoover); three sisters: Virginia M. Dukeman (John H.), Clarabelle Forlina (Joseph D.) and Jewel Faye Kasun (Anthony L.); and a brother-in-law, Donald E. Neterer.

Ruth was a 1943 graduate of Altoona High School. She retired from Butterick Co. Inc. in 1989 after many years of service. Before working at Butterick, she worked as a waitress at Mary’s Restaurant and also ran the concession stand at Prospect Swimming Pool for several years. During her retirement years, she worked in the gift shops and visitor centers at the Horseshoe Curve and the Railroaders Memorial Museum.

She was an active member of the Fairview United Methodist Church, and she enjoyed crocheting, baking and cooking, traveling, and many church activities. She also loved playing bingo and card games with her grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona. Friends will also be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral service at Stevens Memorial Chapel, Pastor Beth Pyles officiating. Interment will be held at Blair Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ruth’s memory to the United Methodist Home for Children, 5120 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanics­burg, PA 17050.