|Ruth Estelle Pendleton Ransom
Published in Daily Press from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2020
Ruth E. Ransom
1934 - 2020
Ruth Estelle Pendleton Ransom was the first child and
only daughter of Calvin H. Pendleton, Sr. and Gwendolyn
She was born January 5, 1934 in Washington, DC. She
graduated from Cordoza High School in 1951, and
attended Howard University, majoring in Physical
Education. There she met and married Robert "Bob"
E. Ransom, Jr. on April 21, 1954. Ruth continued her education and became a LPN after
graduating from Dixie Hospital School of Practical Nursing in 1968.
Ruth was an active member of her church and community. She was a dedicated member
of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church where she served faithfully in many capacities. Ruth
served as a member of the choir, Alter Guild, church secretary, financial clerk and faithful
member of the Progressive Women's club. She became a Daughter of the King in
September of 1999. She worked as a faithful volunteer at Langley AFB Hospital for over
twenty years. Ruth joined the Board of the American Red Cross in 1987 and served as
secretary (1990-1992) Chairman of volunteers, Second Vice Chairman, Vice Chairman
(2001-2003) and Chairman (2003-2005). She was awarded the Clara Barton Honor
Award, the Jerome H. Holland Volunteer Award and received her Thirty-Six Year Pin in
Ruth loved all sports and was an avid Redskins fan. Ruth was also a very active bowler.
She was a member of the Women's International Bowling Congress, President of The
Women's Bowling League, Thursday Langley Swingers and Friday Bombers at Langley
AFB. She was the team captain of the Original Pirates Bowling League and was
Hampton University's first Women's Bowling Coach (1999-2004).
Ruth was predeceased by her mother and father; brother, Calvin, Jr.; and brother-in-law,
Surviving family members are her devoted husband, Robert "Bob" Ransom, Jr.; three
loving children, Robert III (Deborah), Rosalind Jack (Pepie) and Ronald (Hazel); three
amazing grandchildren, Brandy Lybeck (Dustin) Brittany Walls (Matt) and Chelsea
Ransom-Cooper; five adorable great grandchildren, Olivia, Robert and Lucas Lybeck,
Savannah and Cora Walls; one brother, Anthony Allen; two sisters-in-law, Sylvia Juanita
Fletcher and Jeanette Ransom; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Despite her active life, family was her true delight. Ruth lived a very full and purposeful life.
She was happiest when she was doing for others and enjoying time with her family.
Ruth's viewing will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 3 to 6 p.m. at O. H. Smith &
Son Funeral Home, 3009 Chestnut Ave., Newport News, VA.
A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020
at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 2515 Marshall Ave., Newport News, VA.
Interment will follow in Hampton Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in