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Ruth Evonne Anthony

May 23, 1938 ~ February 14, 2021 (age 82)


Ruth Evonne Anthony, 82 of Plumville, PA entered into her eternal rest after a brief illness on Sunday, February 14, 2021. She was surrounded in her home by her loving family.

She was born, Ruth Evonne Peters on May 23rd, 1938 in Port Allegany, PA to Rev. Edward I. and Marian A. Peters. She was a 1956 graduate of Purchase Line High School, received her R.N. from Clearfield Hospital School of Nursing 1959 and nursed in Nyack Hospital, Nyack, NY as well as Punxsutawney Hospital. She also attended Nyack Missionary Training Institute, Nyack NY. In 1961 she married John R. Anthony and they raised four children. Ruth and John were co-owners of Plumville Dry Cleaners for 34 years.

Ruth was an exceptional organist and pianist who loved making music that blessed others and pointed people toward God. She served numerous churches and funeral homes in the area, including Punxsutawney Alliance Church, the Presbyterian Church of Plumville and Pifer (now Shumaker) Funeral Home. Ruth was devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-children and tenaciously prayed for them, and many others, daily. Ruth was known for her gracious spirit, her beautiful smile and her sacrificial spirit.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents. She is the beloved wife of John Richard Anthony, devoted mother of  Cheryl (Stephen) Means of Punxsutawney, Douglas (Mary Lu) Anthony of Garner, NC, Marsha (Donald) Barisano of Glastonbury, CT and Laura (Carl) Stewart of Plumville. Loving grandmother of Nichole (Mike) Ansinger, Taylor, Kyle (Shayla) and Eric Anthony, Jonathan (Charlotte) and Anthony Barisano, Jordan, Garrett and Alicia Stewart. And cherished great-grandmother of Ava and Dayne Means, Joseph, Bryce, Jorja, Odin and Otto Ansinger, and Arya and “Baby M” Anthony (due Feb 14). She is also survived by brothers, Lee (Patricia) Peters, David (Joy) Peters, and John (Gale) Peters.

Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney. The family requests that visitors wear masks for the comfort and safety of all. There will be no meal following the funeral service.

A funeral service will be held at First Church of God, 23 Skyview Drive Punxsutawney, PA on Wednesday February 17, 2021 at 11:00am with visiting from 10 to 11am.

Interment will follow at Northpoint Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers (although Ruth’s allergies are no longer an issue!) contributions can be made in Ruth’s name to Presbyterian Church of Plumville, Hospice 365 or a charity of your choice.




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February 16, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc.
115 East Union St
Punxsutawney, PA 15767

Funeral Service
February 17, 2021

11:00 AM
First Church of God (PA)

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