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Ruth Ann Chynoweth

On Friday, September 18, Ruth Ann Chynoweth danced barefoot into heaven. Born in Milford, Delaware, Ruth Ann Messick was raised by her grandparents and spent her childhood in Rehoboth with her aunts and uncles. The beach was her playground and continued to be her happy place throughout most of her life. She excelled at sports, enjoyed going to the movies, and participated in community plays—where her enthusiasm was appreciated more than her singing.  She earned a scholarship to Goldey College in Wilmington, where she met the love of her life, Bob Chynoweth. (If she were here, she’d have you know that she was voted most social and he was voted best dressed.) For more than 62 years, until Bob’s death in 2011, they were a dynamic team raising their three children, modeling the balance of hard work and time with family, and serving Asbury United Methodist Church. After many years in the Colonial School District, Ruth Ann retired to make crafts with Bob and provide unconditional love and support to family and friends. Ruth Ann was a powerhouse of a woman, with a selfless, grateful attitude and an infectious smile.  She was everyone’s biggest cheerleader, even for their smallest victories and accomplishments. She took a little bit of coffee with her cream. She loved to drive her friends around and never said “no” to a trip for chicken and dumplings. And we have a feeling that in heaven, she’s on the phone right now.

Ruth Ann’s greatest joy was spending time with her cherished family. She will be revered and remembered as a devoted wife, mom, mommom, and great-mommom.  Ruth Ann will live on in the hearts of her children, Carol Sherkey (William) of Wilmington, DE; Cheri Abernethy of Hockessin, DE; and William P. (Michele) of North East, MD; grandchildren, Bryan, Megan (Jimmy), Jennifer, Kristen (Carlos), Morgan, and Bobby; great-grandchildren, Rowan, Harper, and Cameron; and her blended family, grandchildren, Eric (Erica), Will, Michael, and Kendra; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Emma, Marley, and Liam; and her extended family of cousins, nephews, nieces, and countless friends.

The family has planned a private celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to Delaware Hospice, American Cancer Society, or a charity close to your heart.

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  • We are so saddened to learn of Ruth Ann’s passing. What a wonderful person she was…a great wife, mother, and huge supporter of Asbury Methodist Church. Our families go way back together…60+ years…as Ruth Ann and her beloved husband, Bob along with my parents were part of the original Asbury family and its early days of building the congregation and the church. Our sincerest sympathies go out to the entire family with much love and support.

  • Cheri ,we are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s death. We know what a great loss this is to you and your families.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Love and Hugs to all of you,
    Priscilla and Bill

  • Our hearts are with the entire family during this difficult time. We share in your sadness the passing of a loving, caring woman. She always had a smile. We are fortunate to have known her. We will miss Mrs. Chynoweth. With Deepest Sympathy & Love, Dr. Calhoon, Robin, Tashira, Peggy, Nicole, Tina, Denise, Debbie, Beth

  • My thoughts and prayers for her family. What a special lady she was always had time for others, do anything she could for you and never an unkind word about anybody or anything. If you hadn’t seen her for awhile always had pictures, she loved to show pictures of her grandchildren. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

  • I will miss you and think of you everyday of my life, you were like a second Mom to me, Thank you and Made God take loving care of you,

  • Ruth Ann will be sadly missed. She was cheerful and uplifting lady. Always made you feel good. May the love and peace of God be with her and her family.

  • I will miss your smiling face. May you find peace in God’s loving arms.

  • Love & prayers for Ruth Ann’s family. She was a wonderful support person to my Mother Edith Marshall
    Kathy (Marshall ) Overstreet

  • We were very sorry to hear about RuthAnn. We know you are all heartbroken about the loss of such an amazing and important person in your lives. We know nothing we can say will ease your pain but please know we are here during this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need us. With deepest sympathy Jeff, Debbie, Courtney, Mike, Mikey, Miles, Jason and Dallys

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  • Our family is quite saddened to hear of the passing of Ms Ruth. She was a wonderful person and she really cared for our children. She will be truly missed. Blessings to her family.