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Ruth “Ruthie” Sullivan-Blackburn  

Ruth “Ruthie” Sullivan-Blackburn

November 14, 1953 – June 22, 2018

Ruth “Ruthie” Sullivan-Blackburn, age 64 of Wytheville, VA, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Born on November 14, 1953 at Ft. Meade, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Walter & Elaine (Edwards) Sullivan. Ruthie belonged to the United Methodist Church in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She loved very much to travel with her husband Cliff. Ruthie was an avid reader of poetry and literature, of which she had an extensive collection. She enjoyed being with and seeing her family and many friends immensely and giving gifts to her loving family. Ruthie will be remembered for her commitment to every endeavor.

She is survived by her husband, Cliff Blackburn; cousin, Colleen Boehm; goddaughter, Brianna Boehm, both of Florida; sisters-in-law and spouses, Sue & Ike Gentry, Kathy & Sam Kerr, and Nancy & Jimmy Marriott, all of Wytheville; brothers-in-law and spouse, Robert & Dawn Blackburn, and Ronnie Blackburn, both of Waynesboro VA; and several nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Entombment will be held privately in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE.

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  1. Missy Baker, June 26, 2018

    Ruthie was a wonderful and gentle friend who will be missed.

  2. Sylvia K Nawrot, June 26, 2018

    Words cannot explain the pain in my heart I feel right now.. Ruthie was the most wonderful soul walking on this earth, kind, loving and caring. She had such a positive outlook for life and always put everybody else before herself. She will be missed by so many!!!

    My deepest condolences to you Cliff – You were her everything!!!
    May her soul rest in peace.

    I love you Ruthie –
    Sylvia and family

    • Beverly meyers, June 27, 2018

      Words cannot explain the pain in my heart I feel right now.. Ruthie was the most wonderful soul walking on this earth, kind, loving and caring. She had such a positive outlook for life and always put everybody else before herself. She will be missed by so many!!!

      My deepest condolences to you Cliff – You were her everything!!!
      May her soul rest in peace. I couldnt have worded what I felt better than you Sylvia. <3

  3. Mary and Norm Travers, June 26, 2018

    We met Ruthie and her parents when dear friends of ours moved into the same development as the Sullivans. So they inturn became friends to us too. Many many parties, dinners and even a ski trip occurred with them. Ruthie was just a few years older than our children so we knew Ruthie well. I was amazed at her spunkiness and admired her work ethic that kept her going. A sweet kind person.
    We send our deepest sympathies to her family and close friends.
    Rest In Peace Ruthie…you lived a good life.

  4. Timothy M. Owens, June 26, 2018

    she will be Dearly missed by all !! She had a very gentle nature. Always tried to help all !!

    • Devon Owens, June 28, 2018

      Ruthie I will always have fond memories of you I can’t believe your gone I will miss you forever I will never forget you and my dad shopping for my first apartment 23yrs ago

  5. Kenneth and Sandy Travers, June 26, 2018

    I am so saddened by this loss of a great friend of over 52 years. I met Ruthie when I was young, attending the many pool parties hosted by her parents, Elaine and Walt. She actually babysat for my sister and I during those events and we, the kids, would have our own party while the adults were playing games of that era. I remember those days fondly. Ruthie was a very kind person and was a gentle soul. She will be dearly missed by her family and close friends, to whom Sandy and I wish to extend our deepest condolences. May Ruthie rest in peace.

  6. Beverly Meyers, June 26, 2018

    You, Ruthie, are one of a kind. I had the pleasure of having you in my life for 6 years. You loved the angels and now they will love you. Only the GOOD die young. I truly believe this. I will miss your smile, your friendship and your love. I wonder if the angels know what they have in you. I am sure they do. God Bless you Ruthie. I was blessed by knowing you <3

  7. LAURIE METCALF, June 26, 2018

    Ruthie I am devastated that you are no longer physically with us but spiritually and in my heart you will stay. You are an inspiration and an angel. I am blessed to have had you in my life and you will truely be loved & missed.
    You started as my Assistant Manager and we hit it off at the start, from there it was history.
    My condolences to you Cliff and too family & friends.
    Cliff you were her rock. Rest In Piece My Friend!
    I love you & miss you girlfriend!

  8. Christopher Edwards, June 27, 2018

    You were my Angel here on earth Ruthie! 30 yrs we were friends. The only part that makes this tolerable is the fact that I know you will be watching over cliff,me, and all of your extended family from heaven to laugh and cry with us just like you did here on earth. Cliff you made her life complete and for that alone you will always be a brother to me. You are a great person and a if you need to talk or need anything I will be there. Rest in peace for you have defiantly earned it. God bless you.

  9. Barbara Price Vann, June 27, 2018

    Heaven’s newest angel, Ruthie, took her earthly angel duties seriously. She spread love in word and deed. Although we were not blood kin, Ruthie was Sister # 3, adopting my sister, Pam Wample and me to be the siblings she never had. My memories are too numerous to begin recounting, but toddler Ruthie’s insistence on kitty cat shaped pancakes lives on. Pam and I adopted Ruthie as the little cheerleader mascot for De La Warr High School, as did the rest of the cheerleaders and the football team.
    Ruthie was a junior bridesmaid for me and a loving helper when Scott Wasserman was a baby.
    Ruthie loved and helped so many people.
    She was an energetic worker with her Dad Walt’s work ethic. She carried on her Mother, Elaine’s, family “first motto” with family going far beyond blood kin.
    I am sure that Ruthie is working on her heavenly resume. Though she left us too soon, her strong faith and abounding love will assure her whatever job she wishes.
    To Cliff and family goes my deepest sympathy.
    Cliff and Ruthie remain a special pair and fond memories of time spent with you will never fade.
    Peace, Comfort and Love
    Til we meet again

  10. wanda bliss blackburn, June 27, 2018

    you will be sadly missed but we will see one another in heaven R.I.P. my friend

  11. Shannon Abbott & Family, June 27, 2018

    Aunt Ruthie, it saddens me to see you go so soon. You were always filled with joy and cared greatly for everyone. You were and are such an amazing person. I will miss you so much . I love you, I’ll see you at the pearly gates one day. Watch over me and the family.

  12. Danna C. Ridout Trotter, June 27, 2018

    I am so sorry to hear about Ruthie. She was somewhat quiet in school, and very nice to others. I had to look in my yearbook and she even signed it. RIP Ruthie. My deepest sympathies goes to her family.
    Danna/Dan Ridout

  13. Connie Abbott, June 28, 2018

    Ruthie was a kind and beautiful soul. I am grateful to have been able to call her my friend. Take your wings and fly my friend. You may be gone from this earth, but you will never be forgotten. Prayers for comfort for you Cliff- I am so sorry for your loss.

  14. teresa appleton, August 5, 2018

    I am so sad over this by the time I found out it had been a week for me to comprehend it. I definitely will miss you Ruthie. love you


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