Ruth Ann Widmeyer

June 26, 2011
  • Ruth Ann Widmeyer
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MAY 30, 1930-JUNE 25, 2011

Ruth Ann Widmeyer of Martinsburg, W.Va., died late Saturday afternoon in Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington after battling lung cancer for the past year.

She was born May 30, 1930, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and lived most of her life in Martinsburg.

Her parents, Ruth Ambrose and Douglas R. Lindsay, preceded her in death in 2004 and 1964, respectively.

Ruth Ann graduated from Martinsburg High School in 1948, where she was active in the Glee Club, assistant editor of the Triangle, staff and president of Quill and Scroll.

In 2009, Ruth Ann and Douglas Widmeyer established a new WVU School of Journalism Scholarship program targeted at students from the Eastern Panhandle, as well as nationally. In addition, they also actively support the Widmeyer Professorship in Public Relations at WVU, the position currently held by Diana Martinelli.

When the program was established, Dean of Journalism Maryanne Reed had this to say: “We are so fortunate to have friends like Ruth Ann and Doug. Their loyalty to WVU makes them exemplary role models.”

After high school, she moved briefly to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a secretary for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and later returned to Martinsburg to work in a similar position at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.

In 1950, she married her high school sweetheart, Douglas M. Widmeyer, who survives her.

She was a loving wife, mother and friend to many.

From 1960 to 1990, she worked closely with her husband in the business at Widmeyer’s Dry Cleaners. She also was active in Meals on Wheels, St. John’s Lutheran Church, the City Hospital Auxiliary and Golden Rule Chapter 69 of the Order of Eastern Star.

In her childhood days, she was a princess in the early beginnings of the Apple Harvest Festival.

In addition to her husband, Douglas, she is survived by one loving son, Scott, of New York City. Her wonderful sister, Mary Jo Springer, preceded her in death in 1985. She also is survived by one aunt, Virginia Michael of Martinsburg, who is the remaining sibling of her mother’s large family, which included 13 children. Ruth Ann leaves a number of nieces and nephews, including Debra Abrams, Richard Springer, Debbie Wilson, Douglas N. Widmeyer, Jeff Widmeyer, William Widmeyer, Robert “Robbie” Widmeyer and Robin Brooks.

The family will receive friends at Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Martinsburg with the Rev. James Riley officiating. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Panhandle Building Fund, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403; or to the WVU School of Journalism, Doug and Ruth Ann Widmeyer Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 6010 WVU, Morgantown, WV 26506.

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