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Ruby Beatrice Caldwell, 98

May 16, 2012

Ruby Beatrice Caldwell, 98, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Live Well Estate in Hillsdale.

She was born Sept. 13, 1913, in McCalmont Township, a daughter of the late John and Gertrude (Lydick) Smith.

Oct. 2, 1942, in Takoma Park, Md., she married John Paul Caldwell, who preceded her in death April 12, 2006.

Mrs. Caldwell worked for many years at Murphy’s in Punxsutawney. She was a member of the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.

For many years, she sang with the Sweet Adelines and also bowled. She loved to cook, bake and sew.

Although she gradually reduced the size of her garden, she worked it until her 93rd birthday. All her life, she dedicated herself to her family and helping others.

Surviving relatives include a daughter, Judy Rathmell and husband George of Punxsutawney; a son, Dale E. Caldwell and wife Joanne of Mountville; a son-in-law, Robert Forney of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Sue Eileen Caldwell, who died March 16, 1948, and Alice Forney, who died July 17, 2009; three brothers, Johnny Smith, Leroy Smith and James Smith; and two sisters, Vera Hause and Bernice Means.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2012, and from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2012, at the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2012, at the funeral home with Pastor John Swager officiating.

Interment will follow in Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Sigel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of God, 23 Skyview Drive, Punxsutawney, Pa. 15767, or to Cadence International, P.O. Box 1268, Englewood, Colo. 80150-1268 or online at

Donations to the latter should be made out to Cadence International and annotated on a separate piece of paper that they are for the support of Buddy and Jen Rathmell.

Buddy and Jen Rathmell minister to dependents of American military personnel and former military personnel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They have served Cadence for 12 years. Buddy is a grandson.

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