HendricksWEBRuth Carolyn Hendricks, 86, went to be with her husband, Bob, and her Savior, Jesus Christ, at 6:43 p.m. Friday, October 23, 2015, at The Heritage. She was born in Springfield, Ohio, on December 13, 1928, to the late Ralph and May Tanner. On November 15, 1949, she married Bob Hendricks, and he preceded her in death on January 25, 2013. They were married for 64 years.
She is survived by son, Daniel, Irvine, CA; son, Nathan (Kim), Vanlue, and daughter, Tricia Dodds, Findlay; three granddaughters, Crystal (Kurt) Kretzer, Chicago, IL; Lauren Hendricks, Columbus, and Trinity (Chuck) Monbeck, Jefferson Hills, PA. She also has a 5-month-old great grandson, Colby Monbeck. Ruth is also survived by her only sister, Ellen Boggs, Peoria, AZ.
Ruth, a 70-year Vanlue resident, was a wonderful artist by trade. She was a sign painter out of her home for about 30 years. She then opened a store in their garage office across from Vanlue School where she sold her many crafts. Ruth took pride in her use of natural items to make beautiful crafts, as well as painting on unique surfaces. One of her top selling items were painted pet portraits which looked exactly like the family pet.
She used the shop as an outlet to witness her faith to the many Vanlue children who liked to purchase candy and view her unique gifts. She was a craft vendor at the huge craft shows at the Hancock County Fairgrounds for over 20 years, as well as several annual area craft shows.
She was a member of Vanlue Garden Club for many years, operated a license plate satellite business for many years out of her home, was a Cub Scout Den Mother, led a long time TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss club for area women, organized Vanlue Area Garage Sales, and was very active in Vanlue Christ United Methodist Church. She was most noted for being craft leader during Vacation Bible School as she designed and led children in making original, one-of-a-kind craft projects. Ruth was also involved with the teens for several years, and always enjoyed working with them to lead them to a love of Jesus. Ruth was known for her thousands of poems, many of which appeared in The Courier. She was also an accomplished pianist.
They were most recently attenders at Ridge Chapel Church of Nazarene.
A graveside service for family only will take place on Tuesday at Van Horn Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME.
Memorials may be given to Ridge Chapel Church of Nazarene in her loving memory. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.coldrencrates.com.

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