Ruth Moutoux


Ruth Moutoux

Ruth Moutoux

Ruth Davis Moutoux, 101, born to Harvey D. and Nina (Jaquess) Davis on December 16, 1912, in Poseyville, Indiana, passed away Friday, May 23, 2014, at Richfield Care Center in Salem, Virginia, where she had resided since 2005.
She had been a teacher and school administrator in Evansville and Poseyville, and an active civic volunteer. She retired in 1978 from North Posey High School, where she taught generations of students to cook and sew as chair of the home economics department.
She is survived by her daughters, Suzanne (Walter) Weitz of Lakewood Ranch, Florida; Mary L. Davis, of Roanoke, Virginia; Janet (Frank) Kornegay of Kingston, Tennessee, and Martha (Brian) Steffens of Columbia, Missouri; a sister, Mary Bennett of Macomb, Illinois; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Robert Davis, in 1994, and her former husband, Alfred C. Moutoux, in 1977.
She began her teaching career in 1934, at New Harmony (Ind.) High School, after receiving a degree in home economics from the University of Wyoming. She earned a master’s degree in education in 1941 from Purdue University.
She taught in Gary, Lafayette and French Lick, Indiana, before becoming an administrator with the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corp. After her marriage in 1946, she left teaching to raise four daughters. In 1961, she returned to teaching, taking the post of home economics teacher at North Posey Jr.-Sr. High School.
Ruth was born on a farm just north of Poseyville in 1912, the first child of Harvey and Nina Davis, and graduated from Poseyville High School in 1929. She first attended Southern Illinois University, but as the Great Depression deepened, she chose to finish her education at the then-free University of Wyoming in Laramie, where she lived with an aunt and uncle. While there, she helped the university set standards for baking in high-altitude settings.
She always knew she wanted to be a teacher, and was the first in her immediate family to graduate from college.
During World War II, she worked as a rivet inspector at the former Servel plant in Evansville where ‘Rosies’ assembled airplane wings for P-47s. She also was a 4-H leader for more than 20 years in Vanderburgh County.
She returned to Poseyville in 1972 to care for her parents. She was member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Poseyville for more than 80 years, serving as a local and district officer of United Methodist Women, worship chairman, and as a soprano in the chancel choir. She was also an active civic leader, serving as Treasurer of Poseyville’s Carnegie Public Library Board and as a member of Poseyville Cemetery Board for more than a decade.
She was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution, Evansville Retired Teachers Assn., Barbershop Belles choral group, Alpha Delta Kappa teaching sorority, and Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014 at Werry Funeral Home in Poseyville, Indiana. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Poseyville, Indiana with burial in the Poseyville Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be sent in her name to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 46 South Cale Street, Poseyville, Indiana 47633, Posey County Community Foundation: Byron and Lila Brenton Memorial Scholarship Fund, To donate: https://communityfoundation.wufoo.com/forms/gifts-to-the-posey-county-community-foundation/ or Midwest Affiliate of the American Stroke Association, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1242 http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@global/documents/downloadable/ucm_306454.pdf.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at: www.werryfuneralhomes.com.

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