LaRuth Burke (nee Johnson), 78, formerly of Sheffield Township, died Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at the home of her daughter, Scottie Smith in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, following a lingering illness. Scottie had been her caregiver for the past six months. She was born December 25, 1928, in Jackhorn, Kentucky, and resided there until moving to Sheffield Township in 1957. Mrs. Burke was a member of the Toledo Road Church of Christ, Sheffield Township. Mrs. Burke was a cook from the age of 25 years and was employed at the Kresge Company and the Woolworth Dime Store which were formerly both in Lorain. She had worked there during the 1950s and the 1960s. From 1980 until her retirement in 1993, she was a cook at the former Lorain Manor Nursing Home. In retirement she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she also liked to bake.
Surviving is a son, Richard of North Eaton; two daughters, Scottie Smith of Bruceton Mills, WV, and Lillian McKenna of Lorain; 3 granddaughters; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Irene Reckart of Kingwood WV, and Sarah Knick of Lorain; 3 brothers, Ernest Johnson of Lorain, Doug Johnson of Vermilion, and Connie Johnson of Hazard, Kentucky.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Richard A. Burke (1997); parents, Morgan and Baby Houston Johnson; a sister, Arbutus Haynes; brothers; Henry Clay Johnson, Charles Johnson, and Beryl Johnson.
The Family will receive friends at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst, 4 to 8 P.M. Sunday, where the Funeral Service will be held at 11 A.M. Monday. Pastor Bob Eddy of Toledo Road Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township. Memorials may be made to Toledo Road Church of Christ, 5075 Toledo Road, Lorain, OH 44055.