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Ruth Elaine Bishop

Ruth Elaine Bishop

Ruth Elaine Bishop was brought into this world on October 7, 1917, by Dr. Shaw in Sterling, Virginia. She was one of six children, four girls and two boys, born to Lerty Casper Holsinger and Odessa Irene Mason. By the age of ten, she and her siblings were all helping their grandparents on their Loudoun County farm and with the family's store business. Ruth and her sisters wore dresses made by their mother based on designs she saw in the Sears catalogue. Ruth learned to cook on an old wood stove and would often help in preparing meals for family and friends as they gathered around a 12 foot long table in her grandparents' home. From an early age, she was a great cook and hostess, blessing others with her gifts of hospitality. Ruth would complete the 9th grade and would eventually begin dating a handsome young Army man by the name of Ed Bishop. She would often recall how they met, on a blind date arranged by her sister, Ann. Ruth's recollection of the pumpkin ice cream they shared on that first meeting would become a favorite story repeated often at holidays and gatherings down through the years. Ruth and Ed were married in Frederick, Maryland, and settled in Leesburg, Virginia, where she would make her home for the next seventy years. Through those years, Ruth led an active life both working and volunteering for a variety of local organizations. Many longtime Leesburg residents can remember Ruth's days at the Loudoun Laundry where she kept track of incoming and outgoing orders as well as managing the busy facility. Ruth also worked at White's Department Store and at the Mighty Midget, a Loudoun County landmark. Her community service included the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department and Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was an officer with the Rebekah Lodge, and a lifelong member of Leesburg Baptist Church, where she was a faithful participant in the Elsie Drake Circle and the Sanctuary Choir. Ruth was well known and dearly loved. She was a precious sister, a devoted wife, and a treasured aunt to her numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as a cherished friend to many. Ruth loved God, people, animals and nature. She was both giving and forgiving, caring and compassionate. On the morning of March 19, 2013, at the age of 95, Ruth Elaine Bishop stepped into the presence of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, home at last. We will miss her greatly, and we look forward to the day when we shall all be home again together.

Family received friends on Friday, March 22, 2013 between the hours of 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm at the Colonial Funeral Home, 201 Edwards Ferry Road NE Leesburg, Virginia 20176. A time of visitation was again held at the funeral home on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm with a service immediately following starting at 1:00 pm. Burial followed in Union Cemetery, Leesburg, Virginia.

Please send condolences to www.colonialfuneralhome.com.
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