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Ruth Ann (Hixon) LeMaster

Lewis & Gillum Funeral Homes

Ruth Ann (Hixon) LeMaster, age 91, went home to be with her Lord and Savior and sing with the angels on September 6th, 2022. She was born at home in Jackson, Ohio on February 13th, 1931, to the late Herbert and Elsie E. (Claar) Hixon.

Ruth Ann was raised and lived in Scioto Township her whole life. She attended Scioto school and later Jackson High School. In 1948 she was crowned Jackson County Apple Festival Queen. In 1949 she graduated high school as valedictorian of the Jackson High School class of 1949. She worked at the First National Bank for several years. On March 27th, 1957, she married the love of her life, Earl LeMaster, they have been married for 65 years.

Ruth Ann was a lifelong member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She was a soloist, pianist, organist, Sunday school teacher, member of the choir, and treasurer of the U.M. Women. She also prepared the church bulletin and served on various boards and committees down through the years. She was a Farm Bureau member, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Harmonettes, Literary Club, and Tuesday morning ladies bible study group. In her spare time, she enjoyed visiting the sick or shut-ins and deliver them church literature, tapes, or food items. She was well-known for her singing voice and sang at many weddings and funerals.

She is survived by her husband, Earl LeMaster; daughter, Ann Marie (Robert) Muck; son, Mark LeMaster; grandchildren: Janelle (Rickey) Caudill, Hannah (Mark) Castro, Brian (Rachel) Muck, and Ryan LeMaster; great-grandchildren: Macy Caudill, Madison Caudill, Hunter Castro, Cooper Muck, Lucas Castro, and Easton Castro.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by aunt, Nellie (Claar) Melvin; in-laws, Forest and Ruth LeMaster; and many other family members.

Ruth Ann lived a good life serving the Lord, raising her family, and caring for others. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, music, reading, taking photos, and tending to her flowers. She was well-known for her homemade pies, hickory nut cookies, and her homemade jam and jellies. She tried sewing blankets for all her family and friends with new babies.

Ruth Ann and Earl are known for welcoming family and friends into their home for meetings, holidays, or special occasions. Ruth Ann loved to entertain guests. The table would be set with décor to match the occasion. She loved celebrating birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and most of all Easter. She has passed on many traditions and memories to her children, grandchildren, and friends. She was very proud of her husband, Earl and his lifelong commitment to farming and all of his accomplishments.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the staff of Four Winds, Holzer Assisted Living, and Hospice for the excellent care they provided.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, September 12th, 2022, from 4-7PM at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Jackson. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 13th, 2022, at 11AM at Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Goodall and Pastor Terry Cavanaugh officiating. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor may be made to: Wesley United Methodist Church, 1384 Cove Rd, Jackson, OH 45640.


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