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Ruth Coy

Sunday, September 2, 2007
2:00 PM until 6:00 PM
Smith & Sons Funeral Home
207 North Main Street
Columbia City, IN 46725

Monday, September 3, 2007
10:30 AM
Smith & Sons Funeral Home
207 North Main Street
Columbia City, IN 46725

RUTH M. COY, 81, of Columbia City, died at 7:25 a.m., Thursday, August 30, 2007 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on Thursday, August 23rd.

She was born June 30, 1926 in Whitley County, Indiana a daughter of James Wilbert and Hazel (Raypole) Gaff. As a young teen, her family moved to Noble County. She graduated from Wolf Lake High School.

On October 30, 1945 she was united in marriage to Ernest J. Coy. They always made their home in Whitley County, moving into Columbia City in 1995. Mr. Coy died March 20, 2000.

She was employed at Dana Corporation for 19 years, retiring in 1988.

Her memberships include Zion Lutheran Church, American Legion Post #98 Auxiliary and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Surviving relatives include a son, Ernest J. (Connie) Coy Jr. of Tippecanoe Lake; two daughters, Tanya L. (Steven) Christman of Fort Wayne and Betty L. (Steven) Wilkinson of Columbia City; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; four brothers, Jesse Gaff of Warsaw, Norbert Gaff of Florida, Al Gaff of Columbia City and Stanley Gaff of Big Lake; and two sisters, Agnes Stanley of North Manchester and Genevera Wilhelm Arnold of Fort Wayne.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca K. Beatty; two brothers, Wilbert Julian Gaff and James Leland Gaff; and two sisters, Mary Francis Gaff and Betty Nioma Egner.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 3, 2007 at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with Rev. James Haugen officiating. The burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

For those who wish, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.


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