Last month Clermont Senior Services lost a very dedicated and faithful volunteer, Ruth Ann Rooks. Mr. and Mrs. Rooks have been volunteering for the majority of their 56 years of marriage and George summed it up best by saying, “You cannot do enough for people in need, this is what the Lord intended us to do and this is what life is all about.”
Indeed, Ruth Ann spent her life on this earth fulfilling that statement. With George faithfully by her side she committed countless hours to service with an impressive volunteer resume. She gave 20 years of service to Clermont Senior Services by participating in volunteer shopping, Meals on Wheels, presenting at the Lois Brown Dale Welcome Center and also the Annual Adopt- A -Senior gift drive.
Perhaps Ruth Ann’s most notable contribution to the Agency was baking her famous blackberry jam cake that was auctioned at the Annual Gala. This delightful dessert was always the highlight of the evening and often raised several thousand dollars!
As if their contributions to Clermont Senior Services weren’t enough, several other community organizations were recipients of the Rooks’ giving hearts. Those organizations include The Grange, Bethel Lions Club, CASA, Old Bethel M.E. Historical Society, several church missions and they served dinner monthly in Price Hill.
Because of their dedication to their community, the Rooks’ have been recognized numerous times for their efforts; most recently, they received the Jenco Foundation Award from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. This award is bestowed upon those who have demonstrated extraordinary service to others in their community.
While we are saddened by the passing of Ruth Ann, we know that our lives have been enriched by her presence and our community is a better place because of her service. Our deepest condolences to her best friend and companion of 56 years, George and her family.