Ruth E. Hines

Ruth E. Hines, of Scranton, left us unexpectedly as the result of injuries incurred in an automobile accident.

She was born Ruth Edwards in Scranton on November 19, 1921. Her mother died during her childbirth and she was raised by her Aunt and husband in West Scranton.

Ruth was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles “Chick” Hurlbert in 1960 and her second husband, Florian Hines in 2000. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and was employed for many years at Burke’s Pharmacy in Green Ridge. She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. She and her husband Florian, were avid golfers and long- time members of Elmhurst Country Club. Although unable to play in recent years she enjoyed watching golf on television. Ruth was always on hand to visit or lend a hand to her friends and relatives.

Life handed Ruth many challenges through which she persevered and continued to look forward to what life had to offer. She approached each day with a positive attitude and a purpose. Always a very sharp and witty person, she was known for her loud whistle to get someone’s attention. It is so sad to see such a healthy and vibrant person leave us.

She is survived by a nephew, Robert Kovaleski and wife, Barbara, Scranton.

The family would like to thank her long-time neighbors for their many years of friendship and helpfulness.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 10am in St. Lukes Episcopal Church 232 Wyoming Ave. Scranton with Rev’d. Rebecca A. Barnes Priest-in-Charge, officiating.

All attending are invited to go directly to the church.

Friends may call Sunday from 2-5pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton.

Interment, Dunmore Cemetery.

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 In lieu of flowers memorial contributions should be made to the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 232 Wyoming Ave. Scranton 18503.

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