Ruth Ellen (Hawks) Spangler

July 1, 1928 ~ January 30, 2022 (age 93)


Ruth Ellen (Hawks) Spangler passed away peacefully at the age of 93 years old in her home in Erie, Pennsylvania on January 30, 2022 with her grandson Michael Paul Trippi by her side. She was born on July 1, 1928 in Red Lion, Pennsylvania to the late Phillip and Jennie E. (Cooper) Hawks. She is predeceased by her two sisters, Elvaria Warner and Phyllis Jumper and one brother Robert Hawks. She is survived by her sister Belva Waltemyer. Ruth is also survived by her five daughters, Victoria Taylor, Wendy Brazell, Janie Morgan, Joni Thompson, and Lori Spangler. Ruth “Nanny” “gram” will be lovingly remembered by her 16 grandchildren and a countless supply of great-grandchildren. She was a faithful follower of God and loved by many for her compassionate, endearing ways. Her quick witted, sassy, and sometimes inappropriate sense of humor kept all those around her laughing and on their toes. There are no words to express how much she will be missed. The family is asking that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Ruth’s honor in lieu of flowers. A very special thanks to the dedicated caregivers who helped spoil her with love and Pop-Tarts over the years, you are appreciated and we thank you! Private funeral arrangements are being entrusted to the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East. Please send condolences to

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