Ruth Overholser

Ruth S. Overholser

Wednesday, February 13th, 1918 - Thursday, November 26th, 2020
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Ruth S. Overholser, 102, died peacefully on Thursday, November 26, 2020.

Born in Underwood, North Dakota, she was a daughter of Johnn and Alvina (Stoebner) Schell.

She grew up on a farm with 8 siblings, in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression, where she learned the lessons of perseverance and hard work, and undeterred by the hard times she developed a sparkly and spirited personality.

Ruth earned her teaching certification from Minot (ND) Teacher's College and taught school in Max, Granville, and Butte, where she met her beloved husband, J. Spencer Overholser. They married in 1942. After Spen returned from the war, they moved to Minnesota and then to Maryland, where she later graduated in Music Education from the University of MD and for many years taught music in the elementary schools.

They retired to Oley Valley, PA, later to Wyomissing, and enjoyed gardening, travelling, birdwatching, and the arts. An avid reader of history and poetry, she also loved letter writing, cooking, and people. Their home always held a warm welcome to guests from near and far.

Surviving are son Christopher (Sara Jo) of Richmond, VA; grandchildren Robert and Terry Overholser; and daughter Josephine (Ole) Helleskov of Carmichael, CA. She was preceded in death by Spencer in 2009.

She was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing.

Due to COVID, a private interment was held at the Terre Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, PA. Online condolences may be shared at .
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    Terre Hill Cemetery
    105 W. Main St.
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Oscar and Laura

Posted at 12:22pm
Dear Jo, My father has so many fond memories of your mother - especially the weekly hymn sing! Our thoughts are with you.
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Annika Lindberg

Posted at 12:06pm
Ruth was the best neighbour and became a dear friend during my year as an au pair in Wyomissing in 1997/98. Both Ruth and Spencer always made me feel welcome and was a great support when I was far away from home. We stayed in touch for all these years. I am thankful for having gotten to know her. Annika from Norway

"Miss North Dakota" and Gary

Posted at 01:53pm
To "The Pride of the Prairie" who's spirit lives on and will be forever in our hearts.
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Dina Wert

Posted at 11:13am
Ruth was a bright spot in our neighborhood! I appreciated her intelligent, feisty, warm and welcoming demeanor and found the love between her and Spencer inspiring. It warms my heart to think they are together again. -Dina Wert

George Weida

Posted at 10:47am
My condolences to your family. I remember Ruth and Spencer fondly when they live in Oley and attended Friedens Lutheran Church.

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