Ruth Ford Pasmore, 96, of Orion, died Friday, April 3, 2015, at St. Anthony’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Rock Island. Cremation has been accorded and a memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. May 2nd, at the Orion United Methodist Church. Rev. David Schultz will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Childrens Therapy Center of the Quad Cities. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Ruth Ford was born December 14, 1918 in Chicago, the daughter of Albert H. and Olive H. Wright Ford. She was educated in Chicago area schools. Her marriage to Donald Edward Pasmore took place on May 5, 1940. He passed away in October of 1998. The couple operated the Leisure Lodge in St. Germain, Wisconsin in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
She then worked as the Assistant to the Director of the La Grange Area Dept. of Special Education for many years. After her retirement in 1985, Ruth moved to the Quad Cities and lived in Hampton. She worked as a secretary for her son, Tom Pasmore, at his Toshiba copier business, Office Machine Consultants, in Rock Island for ten years. Once again Ruth retired and became a full time volunteer for the American Red Cross. She enjoyed her association with the Red Cross for 15 years until she moved from Hampton to Orion to live in a new home built for her by her son, Tom.
Ruth was a greatly loved and loving woman who always kept the central role of family communicator. In her mid eighties, she learned to use a computer and began using e-mail, along with telephone, as well as continuing to send handwritten letters and notes to keep all her family and friends connected. She enjoyed giving in every way and supported everyone she knew with love and encouragement.
Those surviving are her children, Ronald Edward Pasmore, Denver, CO, James Robert Pasmore, Bend, OR, Eleanor Jean Pasmore, Taylorsville, NC, Tom Alan Pasmore, Orion, Janis Lynn Pasmore, Albert Lea, MN, and Dr. William Arthur Pasmore, New York City, NY. Other survivors include 12 beloved grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and twin great great grandsons on the way. Her parents, her husband, a sister, Dorothy Eleanor Ford Rasplica, a brother, Donald K. Ford, and a foster son, Edward Kimbrough preceded her in death.