BOARDMAN - Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, for Ruth Irene Tidswell, 83, who died peacefully early Friday morning at home, surrounded by her family and friends.
Ruth was born Jan. 24, 1936, in Youngstown, the daughter of Harry and Ida (Rhodes) Smith.
Ruth was a homemaker who devoted her life to caring for her family.
She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, quilting and embroidery. She looked forward to her winters in Newport Richey with her family. She also loved to go on bus trips, play cards, trips to Vegas, and exploring Amish Country.
Ruth was a member of Disabled American Veterans Aux. No. 3
Her husband, William J. Tidswell, whom she married April 17, 1954, died May 4, 1993.
Ruth is survived by five daughters, Karen (Santo) Valentin of Youngstown, Ruth Ann (Tony) Caruso of Youngstown, Rose Ann (Charles) Gibson of Newport Richey, Fla., Mary Louise (Tom) Clark of Newport Richey, Fla., and Linda (Greg) Fisher of Nancy, Ky.; two sons, William (Donna) Tidswell of Boardman, and John Tidswell (Kim Dickey) of Geneva, Ohio; a brother, Harry (Rose Anne) Smith of Lawrenceberg, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter; and her dearest friend 67 years, Audrey Kwiecien of Youngstown.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; stepmother Doris Smith; an infant son, Joseph; and a great-grandson, Mikey.
Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.