Mother Ruth E. Qualls

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Mother Ruth E. Qualls, age 97. Sunrise October 2, 1923, and Sunset August 3, 2021. She was the first born of six children to the marriage union of William Hunter and Mattie (Gates) Hunter. She was born and raised in Columbus, Oh.

On October 11, 1940. Ruth Elizabeth Gates married James Edward Qualls Sr. James and Ruth spend years building a marriage of 59 years of love, respect and six wonderful children: James, Delores, Danny, Steve, Charlotte, and Sharon.

We were a traveling family; our first trip was to NYC. We enjoyed picnics and we had our own boat. Sunday was our picnic and boat riding day until daddy got saved. We still went on trips but most Sundays were home so we could go to church first.

We traveled all over the country my dad either built a motor home to travel in or purchase one. Wherever mom when she left her beautiful smile, and the love of God in different places, yet God was always ahead to take us to our destination.

 Mom was a woman whom we all know loved the Lord and did not meet any strangers. She was a virtuous woman in every sense of the word; raising children, loved cooking and baking, making clothes, repairing clothes, working, helping us with schoolwork, a member of PTA, she played marbles, road our bikes, and took us to different lessons.

She did fun stuff with my brothers and walked them all over the place in the heat. She gave spankings coupled with lots of love.

Her heart was so big, mom would venture out to meet strangers who were in need (I would say mom you can’t trust everybody) … She paid me no mind.

She said things like “we eat too much; Jesus wasn’t always eating he was about his father’s business.” Our “Ganny Sue Berry” loved all her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great- great grandchildren. She always said God was her sweetheart.

She worked as an Educational Assistants. She joined Gospel Tabernacle UHC, where she helped cooked in the daycare. She was appointed a Deaconess; help teach Sunday School. She went on all the tips, helped, prayed, and became the church track team Praise! Mother’s Day this year Bishop made her the church Mother, she said “What am I to do?”

She is preceded in death by her parents William and Mattie Hunter, her husband James Qualls, son-in-law Marquis Holland Sr., Daughter, Sharon, Brothers Lewis, Jr. Hunter, Sister Bertha Grandson Marquis Holland, Grandson Michael, Great granddaughter Stephanie Dannielle, Grandson Damien, Daughter in-law Flossie, and Niece Terry.

Left to share and remember her awesome life: Her Sister Margie Jackson; Sister-in-law and friend Louise Hunter; daughter in-laws (always daughters) Judy Qualls, Kristina Wolf, Ruth Qualls; Children: James, Delores, Danny, Steve, Charlotte and Sharon; Grandchildren: James E. Qualls, III, Bradley E. Qualls, Christopher A., David M., Pamela L., Jonathan, Jeremiah, Kathryn, Stephanie, Margie, Mark, Roman, Anthony, Michelle, Shannon, Nina, and Danny; Great Grandchildren: Tyler, Hailey, Bradley, Michael, Joshua, Isaiah, Elliot, Elijah, Ceiera, David Jr., Aaron, Anthony, Connor, Isaiah, Taylor, TJ, Layla, Angelica, Marquis, Montel, Makayla, Roman II, Khalil, Stacey, Marcelles, Micah; Great-Great Grandchildren: Xade, Xavier, Mark, Macey, Vincent, Ariyah, Trinity, Dream, Josiah, Mireya, Blake, and Grant. She had many nieces; Shirley was like her daughter. Many nephews: Sheeter was a son to her. Bobby a nephew and friend. A host of many, many great, and great-great nieces, and nephews.

Mother Ruth E Qualls, age 97. Sunrise October 2, 1923 and Sunset August 3, 2021. Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Friday, August 13, 2021 at Gospel Tabernacle United Holy Church, 1205 Hildreth Ave 43203. A MASK IS MANDATORY. Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Mary Alice Hogg-Wade, Memphis, TN

    My Sympathy and prayers goes out to Mother Ruth E. Gualls Family. May God comfort and sustain you during this time of sorrow. Jesus Loves You and I Do Too.

  2. Bradley Qualls

    Grandma was such a shining example of love and generosity. To give yourself away as she did, is how to love God through loving his people. Truly a life well lived!

  3. I learned that my dear friend Ruthy died the same day that my first grandchild was born. I’m sad that Ruthy, who prayed for her health and safety, will never see her, but maybe they met in passing.

    We were neighbors, and even after she moved, we visited when her MANY corporal works of mercy allowed her the time, and she was always such a blessing. The world will be poorer without her in it

    Ruthy, you never got to stay in my guest room, but I’m positive that your Father in heaven had a truly magnificent mansion prepared for you❣️

    “I love you, honey!”

  4. Mary and Janet Willis

    Jan and I loved Ruth, we met her at computer class. Ruth was an inspiration to us in how to live your life with no other thought but to serve God and help others. I will miss her special prayers that she was always willing to give. It is now our turn to give back to her what she always gave to us.

  5. Channel 4 created a wonderful profile of Ruthy this past December:

    She fussed that it was too much, but we are sooo grateful to have this.

  6. I met Miss Ruth walking the neighborhood. At first it was a nod as we passed. They we started chatting and exchanged names. We became friends. She would call me and pray for me and my husband. I come to love her and looked forward to the days our paths crossed. She shared her apple bread with me. She had just said she was going to make zucchini bread for our mail carrier and me. She was so active and such an amazing woman. She is my hero!! I miss her already. I know she lived to be with Jesus and now she is resting in His arms.

    To her family, my prayers are with you.

  7. Yolanda Miller-Stiff, Mitchellville, MD.

    My sincere condolences to the Qualls family. I have fond memories of Miss Ruthie and her family which I will hold dear. Praying for peace and comfort to her loved ones.

  8. Kennth Randolph

    Mrs. Qualls you were extremely influential throughout my life. I can’t thank you enough for the countless conversations and prayersI I’ve had with you over the years. I especially enjoyed the ones walking with you. You could out walk the best of us. I will always love and respect you. You were like a second mother to me and I thank from the bottom of my heart. Love Kenny

  9. Andrea L Marr Adams

    My condolences to the family members and friends of Mom Qualls. I remember the times when you would come to the house to see my Mother, your friend. Much love and appreciation for your life. Enjoy your rest in the Lord. Family, my prayers are with you during this time. God bless and keep you.

  10. My family’s and my prayers and condolences go to Elder Charlotte and her entire family on the passing of Mother Ruth. I always will remember her smile and her high heel wearing praying and helpful spirit especially when I was ill. Also how she lovesd to serve food to my late husband. Her kindness is one many would treasure and she truly was a God serving warrior that God I’m sure welcomed home with a Well done faithful servant. She will be missed but never forgotten. Rest on Mother Qualls.
    Love you!

  11. ladawnya c turner qualls

    What a beautiful spirit! God presented an offer you could not refuse. Grandma you may have left us here on Earth but we know you are still fervently praying for us up in Heaven. Thank you for praying over my Mom as she battled cancer. She always looked forward to hearing your prayers. You will be missed!

  12. Donna and Lonnie Norris

    To Qualls Family,

    Our deepest condolences. My memories go back over 60 years when Delores and I would go home after church and have a fabulous dinner with the family before going back to church for BTU. Her life was a blessing to us all.

  13. Barry and Yvonne Young

    Dear Family, please forgive me for not being there. I love you all so very much!!! I miss my Aunt Ruthie more than you you will ever know. I talked to her a couple Saturdays ago, and I will Truly miss how she would just call out of the blue just to say I love you and God Bless you and your wife. She will forever be in my heart and I will miss her hugs!!!! Love you all.

  14. In the midst of times like this we are often so preoccupied with what we feel we have lost, longing for just one more smile, one more conversation, one more hug, one more chance to say “I love you.” But if we turn our eyes to the bottom line of the balance sheet of life, we will see that when our Creator blesses us with time together we are never in the red, showing a loss, but always in the black ink of profit. Even a very short life changes the lives it encounters. He has not taken away from us forever, but has given to us for a time. The nourishment our hearts receive in that time sustains us eternally. So to you, Jim, Judy and your entire group of family and friends, praise be to the Creator for the gift of the life of your mother and loved one.

  15. Darrell Zack Qualls

    Ruth’s Husband and my Father Lawrence Darrell Qualls were first cousins. I hadn’t seen cousin Ruth in many years. But recently with social media, I had a chance to reach out to cousin Charolett and was catching up on family history. So glad to know that cousin Ruth was a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that lets me know I will see her again one day. Prayers and Love for the immediate family.

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