Church family celebrates Goodson’s 100th

Ruth Gibson

Ruth Gibson

Ruth Gibson Gibson

Ruth Goodson is celebrating her 100th birthday with blessing from members of Rust United Methodist Church.

Goodson is one of six children born to Claire and Anna Bowman in New London, Ohio.

She worked for many years at The Town Shop in the fabric department. When it closed, she worked at Ben Franklin. Her employers and friends fondly remember her caring nature and loving smile and how she was always ready to help or assist anyone.

Ruth and her husband, George, were inseparable for more than 50 years.

Ruth is a very creative person. She sewed and even designed and made ladies hats in the 1960s. She and George also ran a tropical fish store from their home on the corner of North Pleasant and East College streets. For a short time, they also had a craft shop in downtown Oberlin.

They raised three children: Alvin (deceased), Jerry, and Jorgelle.

After retiring, the Goodsons downsized and moved to a smaller house on Orchard Street, where they remained until George’s death. Ruth then moved to Columbus, Ohio, with her daughter, Jorgelle Lawson.

Ruth was a faithful member of Rust United Methodist Church, serving under many pastors. She served on the finance committee, Carnation Circle Stewardship, and sang in the choir.