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Obituary: Ruth M. McCracken, Columbus

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Ruth M. McCracken of Four Seasons Health Center passed away at 1:20 a.m. December 17, 2013. Mrs. McCracken was born on December 6, 1921, in East Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She met her husband, the late Lawrence E. Nordby, who was serving in the Navy. They were married on July 9, 1944, and moved to Columbus in 1948.

She had worked at Irwin Union Bank, E.C. Brougher and Son, and this newspaper, when it was known as “The Evening Republican.”

Ruth was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 50 years and a member of the Red Hat Society in Florida.

Mrs. McCracken enjoyed knitting, plastic-point, crossword puzzles and watching television. She was an avid gardener who tended her small flower and vegetable garden up until this past summer.

Together, she and her husband, Larry, had a large vegetable garden. She enjoyed canning and cooking with her own vegetables. They enjoyed fishing and traveling and in 1978, began spending the winter months in Bonita Springs, Florida. They were married 42 years. Mr. Nordby passed away from cancer March 6, 1986.

In 1989, she married Dr. Don McCracken from West Des Moines, Iowa, and moved to Iowa. They lived in Florida during the winter. Dr. McCracken died in 1999.

Mrs. McCracken moved to Florida where she lived until 2005, when she moved back to Columbus and into the Four Seasons.

Mrs. McCracken was preceded in death by her parents, Leo C. and Nancy J. Minutilla; a sister, Alys Galbraith; both husbands; a niece, Carolyn Curry; a great-nephew, Tim Curry; and a grandson, Lawrence “Kit” Turner.

She is survived by a daughter, Deborah Nordby-Turner, and a granddaughter, Charlotte Turner, both of Westport; and a great-niece, Kim (Curry) Dillingham of Columbus.

Mrs. McCracken had just celebrated her 92nd birthday.

Per Ruth’s request, there will be no visitation. A private family burial will be conducted at Garland Brook Cemetery, next to her first husband, Larry Nordby, at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.

You are invited to light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet.

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