Ruth Morris Stant, 90, a resident of Cleveland, where she has lived for the past five years, passed away Saturday afternoon, April 19, 2014.
She was the daughter of Mary Elizabeth and L. Townsend Waters. She was preceded in death by her husbands Ralph Morris, Jr., Bion Cecil and Alvin Stant, as well as an infant daughter, Nancy Louise Morris, and siblings: Mary Prescott, Lewis Waters, Louise Kratz, Charles Waters, Harold Waters and Robert Waters.
“Miss Ruth,” as she was affectionately called, enjoyed a fruitful ministry as a credentialed minister and faithful pastor’s wife in various Church of God parishes in Maryland, Delaware, Florida, Trinidad, Tobago and Grenada. While attending Bible Training School (now Lee University), she traveled extensively with the official school trio representing the institution. She was a popular speaker and singer in churches across denominational lines.
Survivors include one daughter, Dr. Mary Ruth Morris Stone, and son-in-law, Dr. H. Lynn Stone of Cleveland; her grandsons: Dr. Ken Stone of Chicago, Dr. Tim Stone and his wife, Tammy Stone, of Birmingham, Ala., David Stone and his wife, Stephanie Stone of Cleveland and Dr. Jonathan Stone and his wife, Emily Stone of Cleveland. She was especially proud of her nine great-grandchildren: Jordan, Luke, Ethan, Will, Anna Claire, Eloise, Lillian, Emmett, and Hillary. Other survivors include her brother-in-law, the Rev. Philip Morris Sr., and his wife, Mary Morris of Salisbury, Md.; nephews: Pastor Philip Morris Jr. and his wife, Denise, of Sevierville, and Dr. Ralph Morris and his wife Muriel, of San Antonio, Texas; one sister, Dorothy Jones of Jacksonville, Fla.; as well as many other nephews and nieces and a host of friends and loved ones.
A Remembrance of Life service will be held at the Church of God, 134 Maryland Avenue, Crisfield, Md., at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014.
Interment will follow at the St. Paul Cemetery with grandsons and nephews serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.. at Bradshaw and Sons Funeral Home, 306 West Main Street, in Crisfield, Md.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bradshaw and Sons in Crisfield, Md., and Jim Rush Funeral Homes in Cleveland.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Ralph Morris Scholarship Fund at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary or the William F. and Bernice Morris Family Scholarship Fund at Lee University.
You may share your condolences and your memories with the Stant family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.