Meadville Tribune

July 1, 2013

Ruth Loislee Stafford

Meadville Tribune

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Ruth Loislee Stafford, 81, of 178 Railroad St., Cambridge Springs, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Meadville Medical Center.

Ruth was born in Brookville on May 29, 1932, a daughter of the late Frank and Berdie Aola Crisjohn Knapp. On Sept. 6, 1952, Ruth married Blair E. Stafford; he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1992.

She attended First Church of God, Cambridge Springs.

Ruth had been employed by DeSantis Janitor Supply Company of Meadville. She had previously worked in housekeeping and maintenance at rest areas along Interstate 79. She attended Cambridge Springs Normal School.

Her hobbies included sewing and doing cross stitch up until the time her eyes started to fail.

Ruth is survived by four children, Vickie Aola Blasco of Meadville, Richard Eugene Stafford, Jeanette Ann Watkins and her husband, John Jr., and Kimberly Ruth Butler, all of Cambridge Springs; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Theodore Merle Knapp Sr. and his wife, Marion, of Guys Mills, and Richard Wayne Knapp Sr. and his wife, Joetta, of Saegertown; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Blystone of Cambridge Springs; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Blair, of 40 years, Ruth was preceded in death by a grandson; two sisters, Mary and Eloise; and three brothers Frank, Albert and Bob.

Family and friends are invited to call today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 330 Broad St., Saegertown, where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m., with the Rev. James Callender, Pastor of First Church of God, Cambridge Springs, officiating.

Interment will take place in Venango Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15205-4620.

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