Ruth Ann McDanel, 72

Ruth Ann McDanel, 72, of Pander Hollow Rd., Ellwood City (Franklin Twp.) passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital following a brief illness.

Born November 9, 1942 in Chicora, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Sarah Elizabeth Wall Jewart. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Benny L. McDanel. They were married November 6, 1965.

Ruth Ann graduated from Butler High School in 1960. In her youth, she was a member of the North Butler Presbyterian church. Currently she was an active member of the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church where she was a sang in the choir, deacon, and a member of the congregational committee and on the Fall Fest committee. She was a dedicated and current Sunday School Teacher having taught since 1975. Also active with the Pennsylvania Amateur Horseman’s Association, she formerly served on the Board of Directors and as their Treasurer. Ruth Ann enjoyed making jam and doing crafts. In her youth, she loved to horseback ride and earned many trophies and ribbons at PAHA Horse Shows.

In addition to her husband, Ben, survivors include two daughters, Lisa (Jim) Goad of Redman, Oregon, Kelly A. (Kris) Kauffman of New Castle; two sons, Alan (Kelly) McDanel Sr. of Ellwood City, Dan (Christine) McDanel of Fredonia; siblings, Arabell Jean Moore of Chicora, Mary Elizabeth Adams of Karns City, Donald Lee Jewart of Chicora, Rose Marie Watson of Mars, Clair Eugene Jewart of Karns City, Donna Mae Lingle of Clearfield, Linda Lou Chupka of Butler; nine grandchildren Meghan Cook, Khloe Goad, Kayla and Alan McDanel, Kristy Jenkins, Dan Brenner, Kristen Kauffman, Morgan and Dylan McDanel; and five great grandchildren, Boston, Blakelee, Megan, Amelia, Wyatt.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Ross and Kenneth Dean Jewart.

Visiting hours will be held Monday December 29 from 4-8 pm and Tuesday, December 30 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 am with her pastor, Rev. Dr. Dan Stinson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church.

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8 thoughts on “Ruth Ann McDanel, 72

  1. May the God of tender mercies become your strength during this most difficult time. (2Cor.1:3,4) Please accept our sincere condolences.

  2. So sorry to hear of her passing. I have many, many fond memories and gratitude to Ruth and the rest of the family for the many things done for me when I was young (and for my horse!). She was an incredable person, and the McDanels are a wonderful family. May God bless the family and give them peace.

  3. So sorry to hear about Ruth Ann; she was a remarkable lady and was always happy to help anyone. She was truly the backbone of her family and I’m sure they will truly miss her. May the Lord wrap you in his arms and comfort you at this time and through the difficult days ahead. Please know the McDaniel family is in our prayers and thoughts. Sorry we could not be there in person to be with the family. Ruth Ann rest in peace.

  4. We are so sorry to hear one of the church angels has been called home far too soon. What a blessing she was to the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church and to all of us who knew her.

  5. Benny and family.
    I am so sorry for your loss. may the wonderful times and memories you have shared keep Rut Ann always close. Thinking of you doing this difficult time. Rember God is there may you feel wrapped in his love

  6. Ben:
    May the pleasant memory’s of your many years together with Ruth Ann, overcome the days of sadness.
    She was an unbelievable strong lady and, a friend to all.
    The LORD your God will be with you wherever you go…(Joshua 1:9)
    Ed & Bonnie

  7. So sorry to hear about Aunt Ruth Ann. She was a very special and caring person. I am so sorry for your loss and sorry I couldn’t be there in person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Randy and Lisa Tammaro

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