Ruth C. Wolter, 83, of Aurora passed away January 5, 2017 at Seasons Hospice.
She was born February 2, 1933 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Richard and Claire (Thompson) Cliff.
Ruth’s love for music bloomed with teaching her children how to sing and play musical instruments. She and her children were featured in radio, overseas musical groups, albums, and a cappella groups. She led her children in using their musical gifts to encourage others to memorize God’s Word with the Bible Memory Association. Several of her children have been very successful in using their musical gifts to bring joy to forgotten people at nursing facilities.
Ruth has been a missionary in China with English Language Institute of China and Macedonia for 9 years teaching English in order to share the love of Christ to those who are forbidden to meet in small groups to study God’s Word. She then developed and led the Missions Outreach at her First Baptist Church in Aurora, Illinois. Many of her grandchildren have followed her lead in returning to China to teach English and to share the Good News.
Ruth has steadfastly taught children’s Vacation Bible School during summers for neighbors and at churches over the years and most recently has been teaching Bible studies on the Epistles of Paul, and other biblical studies, writing books for the studies and self-published several ESL books while working for World Relief in Aurora, Illinois. She has also written several short stories and poems and has been meeting with the North Aurora Writer’s Group.
Ruth’s favorite verse has been “To live is Christ, to die is gain!” She joins her Savior with great joy. Her self-described legacy is not leaving behind gold and silver but the ability to laugh and love and live for Jesus.
Ruth is survived by her children, June Wolter, Loretta (Steve) Pinkowski, Juli Wolter, Linda Howard, James Wolter, David (Juli) Wolter and Chuck (Jennifer) Wolter; nine grandchildren, Melody Isasi, Brittany Wolter, Stephanie Wolter, Karina (Jordan) Blackmon, Aidan, Spencer, Micah, Josiah, and Eden Rose Wolter; two great grandchildren Taylor and Adley Blackmon.
Visitation will be Sunday 1-5 p.m. January 8, 2017 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. A Celebration of Life will take place Monday 11:00 a.m. January 9, 2017 at First Baptist Church, 15 Oak St., Aurora, IL 60506. Interment will be private. For further information please call (630) 897-9291 or visit our website at http://www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.