TAMPICO — Ruth Elizabeth (Hostetler) Blosser, daughter of Ova and Mary Hostetler, was born Sept. 14, 1939, near Atkinson. She peacefully passed away in her home on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, from complications of cancer at the age of 73 years, 4 months and 1 day.
She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was baptized upon the confession of her faith. She was a member of the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until her death.
On June 12, 1960, she was united in marriage to Ernest Samuel Blosser, son of Joseph and Katie Blosser, sharing the joys and sorrows of life together for over 52 years. This union was blessed with nine children, four sons and five daughters: Carolyn, and husband Stanley Shrock, of Leola, Pa,, Edwin, and wife Karla, of Tampico, Gary of Tampico and special friend, Janet Martin of Ephrata, Pa., Nelson, and wife Brenda, of Tampico, Margaret (deceased in 1974), Richard, and wife Lucy, of Hotchkiss, Colo., Melody of Lewisburg, Pa., and Mary and Barbara, both of Tampico.
She is survived by her husband; eight children; 13 grandsons; 13 granddaughters; three great-grandsons; and six great-granddaughters. Also surviving are four brothers and two sisters, Robert, and wife Virginia, of Richland Center, Wis., Sam, and wife Jean, of Berryville, Ark., John, and wife Leona, of Buffalo, Mo., Clifford, and wife Eunice, of Berryville, Ark., Sadie, and husband Edward Headings, of Creston, Iowa, and Naomi, and husband Eldon Shrock, of Green Forest, Ark.; and one sister-in-law, Ruth, wife of Andy Hostetler (deceased), of Clarksville, Ark.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Margaret; one granddaughter, Emily; her parents; and two brothers and two sisters; Andy and Irvin (stillborn), Alice, wife of Amos Kropf, and Mabel, wife of Joseph Garretson.
Ruth was diagnosed with lung cancer 11 months ago. The cancer moved into her ribs and spinal column. Ruth was blessed with relatively minimal pain considering the cancer had moved into her bones.
Ruth was very concerned that her sins were under the Blood of Jesus. She was also very concerned for the spiritual welfare of all her family. A week before her passing, she said her wish and desire is that all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren would obtain eternal life in heaven.
The family expresses a heartfelt Thank You for all the help, visits, expressions of sympathy and prayers during our loved one’s illness and death.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Fairfield Amish Mennonite School in Tampico. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Church in Tampico. Burial will be in the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Cemetery.
Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.