Ruth Ann (Cain) Leavell passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio, where she resided since 2002. Ruth Ann is survived by her seven children: Marcia (Franklin) Laning of North Port, FL; Shirley (Gregory) McPherson of Westerville, OH; Lawrence (Helen) Leavell of Lake Forest, CA; Steven (Irene) Leavell of Hope Mills, NC; Suzy Peters of Anchorage, AK; Elisa (Charles) McPherson of Warsaw, IN; and George (Penny) Leavell of Merced, CA. She is also survived by four brothers - Frank Cain, John Cain, Jerry Cain, all of Indiana, and James Cain of Quenemo, Kansas, and two sisters - Elinor Davidson and Nancy Miller, both of Indiana; 23 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Ruth Ann was born February 25, 1929 in McCordsville (Mt. Comfort), Indiana, to Lawrence George Cain and Mary Francis (Atherton) Cain. Ruth Ann grew up on a farm in Mt. Comfort, attending and graduating from Mt. Comfort High School in 1947. She then attended Purdue University. On October 9, 1948 Ruth Ann married Wilbur C. (Bud) Leavell. Together they built a home south of Acton, Indiana, where they raised seven children. Ruth Ann worked for 15 years at RCA Record Club in Indianapolis. In 1987 when RCA closed the Indianapolis facility, Ruth Ann and Bud relocated to Garden Grove, California, where they owned and operated Garden Grove Printing until they retired 1995. Ruth Ann and Bud then settled in Dayton, Ohio, and subsequently moved to Westerville in 2002.
Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her husband Bud, her parents and two brothers, William Cain and Louis Cain; and by two grandchildren Michael Peters and Elizabeth McPherson.
Ruth Ann and Bud loved to travel, motorcycling across the country or travelling in their Ford pick-up pulling a “fifth wheel” camper. During their lifetime together, they visited 49 of the 50 states, missing only Hawaii, and were proud of having toured every national park in the lower 48 as well as many Mormon temples. Ruth Ann and Bud also travelled to Alaska, Canada and the Philippines. An avid quilter, Ruth Ann handcrafted many quilts for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren marking milestones such as births, graduations and marriages.
Ruth Ann was active with the Westerville Quilt Guild and the Westerville chapter of Touching Little Lives to which she monthly contributed dozens of baby quilts. Ruth Ann was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (Mormon), New Albany, where a celebration of her life will be held on Saturday morning, March 9, 2019 at 10:00. The family will receive callers Friday, March 8 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Hill Funeral Home, 220 S. State Street, Westerville, and at the church on Saturday morning for one hour preceding the service.