Ruth B. Hamilton, a prominent portrait painter known as Ruth Nestor, died
peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 9. She was 82 years of age.
She was born on Jan. 29, 1920, in Cincinnati as Ruth Barbara Aukenthaler.
At age 16, she began attending the Cincinnati Art Academy, where she was
awarded a scholarship to complete her studies.
During her artistic career she was commissioned to create portraits of
many distinguished public figures, including William Howard Taft; Judges
Paul C. Weick, Anthony J. Celebrezze, John W. Peck and S. Arthur Spiegel;
Stanley Chesley; Ohio Governor Richard Celeste; and U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Potter Stewart.
A fellow alumnus of the Cincinnati Art Academy once described her portraits
as having a richness of color, a depth and roundness, reminiscent
of the old world masters.
She was an especially kind and caring woman who helped many of her friends
in their time of need. She supported numerous social and environmental
She moved to Xenia with her late husband William Bill Hamilton
She is survived by her sister, Emma Louise Reeves of Cincinnati; her nieces
and nephews, Judy and Wayne Witherby of Cincinnati, Kathryn Reeves of
West Lafayette, Ind., and David Reeves of Ludlow, Ky.; friends Debra and
Brady Karns of Yellow Springs, Angie and Joe Heiman of Cincinnati, Tom
and Dorcas Denger of Xenia and Lisa Millot of Dayton.
Her friends will hold an open remembrance gathering Saturday, Nov. 23,
24 p.m., at the home of Debra and Brady Karns, 1425 Meadow Lane
in Yellow Springs.
Memorial donations may be made in Ruths name to Hospice of Dayton.
The family is being served by Littleton & Rue Funeral Home in Springfield.
Gertrude Rachael (Gillespie) Nickell of Yellow Springs died Tuesday, Nov.
19, in Friends Care Community. She was 97 years of age.
Born in Kentucky on Oct. 11, 1905, she was the daughter of William Henry
and Martha Evaline (Tolson) Gillespie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Nickell; her son, Herbert;
and her grandson Phillip Breckner.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Helen and John Breckner
of Yellow Springs; one sister-in-law, Lillie Gubeno of Lorraine; three
grandchildren, David Nickell of Yellow Springs, Linda Nickell-Richmond
of New York City and Eric Breckner of Yellow Springs; four great-grandchildren,
Nicole Richmond of New York City, Christopher Nickell of Columbus, Michael
Jensen of Yellow Springs and Drew Breckner of Yellow Springs; three great-great-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held today, (Thursday), 2 p.m., at Glen Forest
Cemetery. Jackson Lytle & Ingling Williams Funeral Home is assisting
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Gertrudes
memory be made to Friends Care Community, 150 East Herman Street, Yellow
Springs, Ohio 45387.
Robert Ralph Morgan of Fairborn died on Monday, Nov. 18, in the U.S. Air
Force Medical Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He was 78 years
Born on May 27, 1924, in Bath Township, he was the son of the late Charles
and Florence (Koontz) Morgan.
He was a graduate of Bryan High School class of 1942, a World War II veteran
of the U.S. Army Air Corps and a retired employee of Southwestern Portland
Cement Company with 39 years of service. He was a member of the Fairborn
St. Luke United Methodist Church, the Greene County Agricultural Society,
the Greene County Farm Bureau, Bath Grange and Pomona Grange.
He was a well-known fast-pitch softball player during the 1940s through
the 1960s, an avid hunter and fisherman, and he loved farming and raising
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Juanita F. (Flatter) Morgan;
two sons, Charles D. Morgan and his wife, Brenda, of Lebanon, and R. Brian
Morgan of Fairborn; two granddaughters, Brittany and Ashley Morgan; an
aunt, Margaret Roleke of Florida; a niece, Tina Merriman of Kansas City;
a sister-in-law, Dora Mae Riggle and her husband, Lester L., of Kettering;
two brothers-in-law, Harold D. Flatter of Fairborn and Joe W. Flatter
Sr. and his wife, Betty, of Fairborn; and numerous other family members
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m., in the Fairborn
St. Luke United Methodist Church, 100 North Broad Street. Burial will
follow in the Byron Cemetery.
The family will receive friends today (Thursday), 58 p.m., in the
Belton Funeral Home in Fairborn.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Fairborn St. Luke
United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
Jean Marie Janis
Jean Marie Janis of Yellow Springs died Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Liberty of
Xenia. She was 75 years of age.
Born June 23, 1927, in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary
She received a bachelors degree from Radcliff College and a masters
degree in English from Cornell University. She held many positions while
she was able to work, including director of housing for Antioch University
and president of the Yellow Springs Senior Center.
She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Yellow Springs.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
She is survived by a niece, Joyce Turner and her husband, Richard, of
Cincinnati; a nephew, Edward Janis and his wife, Kellye, of Indiana; and
great-nephews, Robert Turner and his wife, Meredith, and Jonathan Turner,
all of Cincinnati.
Friends visited with the family on Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Jackson Lytle
& Ingling Williams Funeral Home in Yellow Springs. A private burial
was held in St. Pauls Cemetery in Yellow Springs.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Yellow Springs Senior Center,
227 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387, or the Humane Society of
Greene County, 765 North Detroit Street, Xenia, Ohio 45385.
A memorial celebrating the life of Bill Baker will be held Saturday, Nov.
30, 11 a.m., at the Glen Helen Building.
Baker died on Oct. 18. His family invites his many friends to come and
share their memories, especially amusing ones, and to enjoy a light lunch