Viola Mae Gilmore (nee Ruddy), 97, of Avon Lake, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2007, at North Ridge Health Center, N. Ridgeville. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA and had been a resident of Avon Lake since 2000, moving from Avon where she lived since 1972. She previously lived in N. Ridgeville for over 50 years. Mrs. Gilmore was the co-owner and operator of Gilmore’s Greenhouse in N. Ridgeville, retiring in 1968. She was a member of Avon United Methodist Church and the Avon Autumn Rebels Senior Citizens Group. She enjoyed reading, dancing and roller skating.
Survivors include her sister, Alberta (Ron) Alford of Traverse City, MI; daughter in law, Jennifer Gilmore of Elyria; and several grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in January 1970; son, Robert Jr., in 1979; brother, Marshall Ruddy; sister, Alice Breitenbach; and sister in laws, Mildred and Ethel Gilmore.
Graveside services will be held 10 A.M. Tuesday at Ridgeville Cemetery at the corner of Center Ridge Rd. and Stoney Ridge Rd. Rev. John Butcho will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011. Arrangements are under the direction of David Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road N. Ridgeville. For more information or to an send an online condolence, please visit