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Ellen S. Ruhm

January 12, 2018


         Ellen S. Ruhm, 75, passed away January 12, 2018 at Middleton in Granville. She was born in 1942 in Newark, Ohio to the late J. Dale and Rowena Forman McNamar.

        After growing up in Granville and attending Granville and Newark schools, Ellen earned a B.A. from The Ohio State University. An optician, Ellen was an avid reader and used her artistic flair in decorating. She loved Christmas and enjoyed having all the kids around, as well as the rest of the family.  Everyone always looked forward to her generous and creative gifts.  Ellen loved all her animals – cats and dogs, equally.  She had an eye for antiques and even had her own business for a while.  Shopping for clothes was a special obsession with her. 

        Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, Zachary and Jackie Snyder of Bexley, and Brendan and Sonia Snyder of Porto, Portugal; grandchildren, Zareah and Guilherme; and sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Whit Howland of Granville. We will all miss her terribly.

        In addition to her parents, Ellen was preceded in death by her infant sister, Anne Elizabeth; and her husband, Craig Ruhm, who died in 2016.

        Memorial contributions may be made to the Licking County Animal Shelter, 544 Dog Leg Rd., Heath, OH 43056.  Additionally, the family would like to thank the staff at Middleton and Generation Hospice for their loving and patient care.

        Private services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at


Charitable donations may be made to:

Licking County Animal Shelter
548 Dog Leg Road, Heath OH 43056

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