Ruth was a descendant of the pioneer families that settled in Middle Township, Hendricks County. The paternal ancestors were the Parker, Wells and Dillon families; and the maternal families were the Young, Blair and Ridgeway families.
Ruth was the eldest child of Chester V. and Lottie F. (Ridgeway) Parker, born April 11, 1919, on a farm 2 1/12 miles northeast of Pittsboro. She attended the Pittsboro schools, graduating with honors in 1937. She enrolled in Central Normal College, where she attended for 1 1/3 years.
On Easter Sunday in 1930, she joined the Pittsboro Christian Church, thus becoming the fifth generation of the Parker and Wells family to be affiliated with the church.
On Jan. 29, 1939, Ruth married Charles W. Dinsmore, son of Elmer E and Carrie B. (Lindamood) Dinsmore. She and Charles established their home on a farm owned by Charles’ uncle, John Dinsmore, in Harrison Township in Boone County, where they resided until 1941. From 1941 through 1969, they continued their farming operations on various farms in Harrison Township, specializing in dairy, hogs and grain farming, prior to purchasing and moving to the Dinsmore homestead in 1961.
In addition to her duties as a farm housewife and mother, Ruth found time to assist, on a part-time basis, in her father’s Income Tax Service business in Pittsboro. She also served as a clerk, on a part-time basis, in the Boone County Auditor’s office from 1964 to 1969, at which time she and Charles sold the farm and moved to Pittsboro so she could help take care of her mother.
Ruth received her real estate sales license in 1969 and her insurance license 1970. In November 1971, she received her public accounting certificate and established her office in the building with her father’s tax business. She remained active in all aspects of the office until 1983, when she retired.
Due to Charles’ health, Ruth and Charles spent their winters in Arizona from 1981 to 1992, when they moved to Arizona permanently. Charles passed away Dec. 29, 2003.
Ruth was member of the New Brunswick Church of Christ in Boone County, and New Hope Christian Church in Whitestown.
Ruth and Charles were the parents of four sons, John Robert, George Phillip, William Wayne and James Clyde.
Surviving are John R. Dinsmore (Ann) of Fowlerville, Mich., and James C. Dinsmore (Deana) of Frankfort; and eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; sons, George Phillip and William Wayne; brother, Hugh; and sister, Jeanette.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boone County Senior Services, Inc., 515 Crown Pointe Dr., Lebanon, IN 46052.
Arrangements were handled by David A. Hall Mortuary, Pittsboro.
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