Woman 100 and Still Crafty
Ruth Mahoney of Fairlawn crochets robes for veterans, roots for Indians, Browns
By Jewell Cardwell
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published on Friday, Jan 30, 2009
If it's true that idle hands are the devil's workshop, Ruth Mahoney has never had anything to worry about.
Not then. And certainly not now.
The Fairlawn woman, who turns 100 today and will be feted with a party Sunday, has always been immersed in all manner of crafts to benefit the community — locally and at large.
''For many years she knitted mittens and caps for Indian children on Sioux reservations,'' said her daughter Carol Mahoney, also of Fairlawn. ''She did that until her eyesight began to fail.''
Even so, she didn't exactly cut those threads of wanting to help others.
The former Ruth Gottfried was born Jan. 30, 1909, in Upper Sandusky and grew up on a farm about two miles west of town. Her school, located on a corner of the farm, was a one-room schoolhouse.
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