Ruth Crabbe Jones, a former day care provider, died on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. She was 86.
Born on Dec. 12, 1933 in Hague, Virginia, she was the fourth of fifteen children born to the late Howard Hathaway Crabbe and Nena Fisher Crabbe. She was educated in the Westmoreland County public school system and migrated to Philadelphia after high school.
Ruth accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. She joined White Rock Baptist Church, by Christian experience, on Jan. 31, 1965. Ruth was a faithful worshiper, a dependable member of the Sheepfold of Abraham/Joseph, and an active member of the Young and Adult Auxiliary (YAA).
On May 3, 1952 Ruth was joined in holy matrimony to Thomas E. Jones and their union was blessed with three children. Ruth and Thomas were a couple for over sixty-seven years; they did almost everything together and his recent passing was too much for her to bear.
Ruth provided day care services in her home for many years. She loved nurturing children. She later worked as a mail processor at Worldwide Direct Marketing.
Ruth was a dedicated and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She instilled a sense of discipline and a love of Christ in her children. She cherished spending time with her grandchildren and frequently took them out to dinner. She enjoyed hosting and attending family events. She also opened her home to several family members for extended periods of time. Ruth had a heart for helping others. Her love of children was demonstrated throughout her life and manifested through her favorite charities. Anyone who knew Ruth knew they would be approached at least two times a year to contribute to those causes, the March of Dimes and the YAA fashion show scholarship fund. She raised thousands of dollars for those annual fund-raising events, soliciting from family, friends, neighbors, and anyone who would listen to her spiel.
Before her health began to fail, Ruth was an avid walker (three to five miles a day), exerciser (aerobics four times a week), and bowler (two times per week). She was extremely active and energetic. More recently, she enjoyed sharing smiles with her caregivers, getting her nails done, listening to music, and pretending she could dance.
She is survived by: children, Alfred (Victoria), Barbara, and Cecilia; grandchildren, Kristin, Mark, and Anya; sisters, Nena Franklin, Levernia (Robert) Reed, Pearl (Lynwood) Tate, Bertha (Charles) Payton, and Leola (Charles) McDowney; brother, T. Edison (Deborah) Crabbe; aunt, Fannie Ball; sisters-in-law Luvenia Reed, Berneda (James) Baker, and Mildred (Clifford) Dixon; brothers-in-law, William (Pat) and Bernard Jones; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and her White Rock family.
Services will be held Jan. 14 at White Rock Baptist Church, 5240 Chestnut St. Viewing is at 8 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery.
Flemuel Brown Jr. Funeral Home handled the arrangements.