Ruth E (Bell) McGowan

Born: Sat., Aug. 13, 1932
Died: Sat., Jul. 3, 2021


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Tue., Jul. 13, 2021
Location: David M. Myers Funeral & Cremation Newport, Pa

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Tue., Jul. 13, 2021
Location: David M. Myers Funeral & Cremation Newport, Pa

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 Ruth E. (Bell) McGowan of Millerstown and formerly of Marysville went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 3, 2021 while surrounded by her loving family at Holy Spirit Hospital.

She was the youngest of ten children born to Elmer G. and Rebecca M. (Yocum) Bell on August 13, 1932 in the village of Rye. She was a 1950 graduate of Newport High School. Her first job was as a Bell Telephone switchboard operator.

    She married her sweetheart, Gerald (Jerry) McGowan following his draft into the U.S. Army, during which time they briefly moved and lived in Leesport, Louisiana and would return to begin raising their family in Marysville. She became very active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Wesley United Methodist Church and many local community events. She served on the 1966 Marysville Centennial Committee making many costumes for the event. She was a Den Mother for Cub Scout Pack 56 and assisted with the local Brownie/Girl Scout Troop.  

    For many years, she assisted her husband with his insurance business. She also sold Studio Girl Cosmetics and briefly owned her own greenery shop in Millerstown. She was a member of the Millerstown United Methodist Church.

    She enjoyed taking her kids trout fishing, trips to Gettysburg, camping, family trips to Knoebels, and summer vacations to Ocean City, Maryland, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts (where she hoped to live someday).  

    She was an avid bird watcher and had many hobbies including collecting chickens, cooking, baking, canning, gardening, reading, writing stories, painting, sewing, and even an occasional hunting excursion. Her favorite hobby was painting ceramics that she loved giving as gifts. She also enjoyed watching the Phillies and gathering with family to watch NASCAR. In her spare time, she enjoyed watching her shows especially The Waltons.  

    She loved and owned many cats, dogs, and other animals which included Charlie the goat, Myrtle the chicken, Dusty the pony, and her most beloved pups, Lulu, Chi Chi, Lady, and Pup Dog as well as her very last pet, Sophie the cat.

    Surviving are four children: Reta Walker (Dave) Camp Hill, Michael McGowan (Kim) Duncannon, Cathy Allen (Jim) Marysville, Jerry McGowan (Brenda) New Cumberland; four grandchildren: Michael McGowan (Michelle) Harrisburg, Ashley McGowan of Newport, Cassondra Haldeman (Matt) Harrisburg, Amber Coon (Isaac) New York, and step-grandchild, Lennon Glass (Catherine) Delaware; great-grandchildren: Evelyn, Autumn, Grayson, Mollie, Amelia, Benjamin, Clara, and step-great-grandchild, Frank.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, of 65 years and her nine siblings and their spouses: George, Gerald, Blair, Roy, Chester, Ellis Bell, Mary Mongold, Martha McGowan, and Janet Heisey.

  Services will be held Tuesday, July 13 from the David Myers Funeral Home with a viewing from 1 PM until the service at 2 PM. Burial will follow in the Wrights Church Cemetery, Millerstown.

  In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to the funeral home to assist with funeral expenses.









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Judith Schrader
   Posted Fri July 09, 2021
Reta,Mike,Cathy and Jerry, Sending our thoughts and prayers to help you thru this time of loss. Love, Aunt Judy and Uncle Palmer

Ken E. Mongold107
   Posted Fri July 09, 2021
To Jerry, Reta, Cathy and Michael and family,

My favorite Aunt has passed into heaven with our Lord and Savior. She will be missed for sure. Always on my mind like my Mom and Dad and all my relatives'.

I will remember that laugh and happy face forever and ever. She was the best friend and again I will miss her so very much.

Love to all,

Ken Mongold

Carolyn Garlock
   Posted Fri July 09, 2021
Dear Reta, Mike, Cathy, and Jerry,

I've thoroughly enjoyed visiting your sweet mom at Perry Village as much as dad enjoyed visiting Aunt Ruth and Uncle Jerry in Millerstown before he got so sick. I know he definitely enjoyed singing at Uncle Jerry's funeral. I know there is great rejoicing in heaven as she was greeted by our loving Savior last Saturday as much as it broke my heart to say goodbye for now. Just keep remembering those good times with her!

donald mcgowan
   Posted Mon July 12, 2021
Mike,Kathy,RetaJerry Please accept my condolence for your loss. i doubt if I can will come to service due to some health issues of my own.

Deb Roush
   Posted Wed July 14, 2021
Dear Reta, Mike, Cathy and Jerry, I am so glad that you told me of the service for your mother. She was a special lady to me and to others at the Millerstown United Methodist Church. We had some wonderful visits at her home and at Perry Village. Your mother loved each of you very much as she always shared happenings in the family. She had a strong, loving faith and always asked about the church. May all of your wonderful memories bring you God's peace during this time.

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