Ruth Ellen Feuster Franks

Our dear mother, Ruth Ellen Feuster Franks, 95, passed away Friday, December 29th, 2023 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Chantilly, VA. Born in Uniontown, Pa on September 04, 1928, she was the daughter of Ralph and Belle Feuster. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Bendik and Elda Moyer, and two brothers, Wallace Feuster and James Feuster.

Ruth graduated from Uniontown High School in 1948. After high school she married Jerry Smouse and became a Switchboard Operator for Bell Telephone Systems in 1949. After one year of marriage and the untimely death of her husband, Ruth moved back home where she eventually met the love of her life, Daniel Herbert Franks. Jr. They married in Los Angeles, CA on August 10, 1956. Ruth became a full-time wife and mother of two, Darlene and Cheryl. While raising her girls, she was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, seamstress and crafter, and even taught her daughters the ukulele. She returned to the switchboard in 1972 as a PBX Operator for the Airport Marina/AMFAC Hotel in Westchester, CA where she worked until retirement. Ruth was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church of Westchester, CA for 67 years and the Hornsby Bible Study Group in her later years. She was a believer in prayer and loved angels, swans, chocolate, ice cream cones and lollipops!

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Darlene (Joe) Sanger, and Cheryl (Jeff) Price; sister, Frances Antram, and brother Samuel (Ruth) Feuster; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Our special gratitude to Treina Day, Ruth’s caregiver for 3½ years, who went above and beyond in her loving assistance to us all.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA, where family and friends will be received Monday from 2 until 4 PM and 6 until 8 PM. Viewing will continue in the funeral home January 9th from 10 until 11AM followed by a service celebrating Ruth’s life at 11 AM with Pastor Paul Wolfe officiating. Interment will follow in Jacob’s Lutheran Cemetery, Masontown.

Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Research, 225 North Michigan Ave., 417 Chicago, IL 60601

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