Ruth Evelyn Knapp
Ruth Evelyn Knapp, 78, of Meadville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

She was born February 4, 1941 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Charles and Ruth LaZaro. She married Gayle Knapp June 29, 1963 and he survives.

Ruth was a 1959 graduate of Hampton High School and a 1963 graduate of Grove City College with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She worked as an elementary school teacher in several local districts and then found her love of teaching preschool. She subsequently spent over 10 years as a Mary Kay consultant.

Ruth was a member of High Street Community Church, Conneaut Lake. She was involved with a Moms in Prayer group and established a prison ministry group that ministered to inmates at the State Correctional Institution, Cambridge Springs. Ruth enjoyed sewing and loved to work in her perennial garden every summer.

Survivors, in addition to her husband Gayle, include a son, Derek Knapp of London, England; a daughter, Laura Way (Brad) of Avon, OH; and a grandson, Caden Way.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Joyce Lewis and Diane LaZaro.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, November 1st from 4 to 6 p.m. at the ROBERT W. WAID FUNERAL HOME, 581 CHESTNUT ST., MEADVILLE and Saturday, November 2nd from 10 to 11 a.m. at High Street Community Church, 9517 U.S. Hwy 322, Conneaut Lake.

A Celebration of Ruth's life will be Saturday, November 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at High Street Community Church with Rev. John Sandau, Jr., Church Pastor and Rev. William Rogers, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to WCRF - Moody Radio Station, 820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610 or High Street Community Church, 9517 U.S. Hwy 322, Conneaut Lake, PA 16316.

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Published on October 19, 2019


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Denny & Leslie Wolff
Oct 31, 2019
Please accept our sincere sympathy in your loss of Ruth 🌸 may God hold you in the palm of his hand...
Sally and Park Jackson
Oct 31, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family
The DeCarlo/Way Family
Oct 26, 2019
Our family is very sorry for your loss. You'll be in our thoughts. Deb, Gary, Dana, Marin, Morgan & Lucky
Arlene Gawlinski
Oct 24, 2019
So happy, many years ago I was blessed to of gotten to know the two of you. My thots and prayers to you and your family. Another angel gets her wings 🌹 Hugs to you 🌹Know how much Ruth was loved and will be so missed🌹
Honey Gawlinski
Oct 24, 2019
Thinking about the many times the two of you came to our restaurant, or we may never of met.... but so happy you did. Blessed to know the two of you, and only want to send our deepest sympathy....another angel gets her wings 🌹. You are in my thots n prayers 🌹
Anne Carnes
Oct 23, 2019
So very sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was always very kind and thoughtful to my family. May God bless and keep her.
Betty Lou Gilmore
Oct 22, 2019
Ruth will be remembered as a beautiful lady, always sweet, soft spoken and kind. She will be fondly remembered. Deepest sympathy to her family.
Bob and Lynda LLoyd
Oct 21, 2019
Our deepest sympathy Gayle and family. Ruth was a wonderful person and a great consultant with Mary Kay. I’m so glad we were able to enjoy our professions together. May she Rest In Peace.
Anecia (Punky) and Tim Flanagan
Oct 21, 2019
So sorry for your loss, Gayle. Condolences to you and family.
Kitty and Glen Rodgers
Oct 20, 2019
Glen and I were so saddened to hear of Ruth's death. We shared many years of singing and child raising together. You and the family are in our hearts and prayers. ❤️
Shelly McNair
Oct 20, 2019
She was a beautiful woman inside and out! I am so glad I got the chance to help her towards the end!! She will be missed!