Ruth White Obituary

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Ruth Pfeiffer White

August 14, 1927 - November 27, 2013
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Ruth Pfeiffer White Ft. Walton Beach - Mrs. Ruth P. White, 86, passed away peacefully at her residence Wednesday morning, November 27, 2013. She was a longtime member of Ft. Walton Beach First United Methodist Church. Mrs. White was born August 14, 1927 in Macon, Georgia. She graduated from Sylvania High School in Sylvania, Georgia in 1943. It was in Athens, Georgia at University of Georgia that she met and married the late John Augustus White August 13, 1949 after serving his country during WWII. The two moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1950 where John worked for 25 years at Eglin Air Force Base. Together they owned and operated the...
Ruth Pfeiffer White

Ft. Walton Beach - Mrs. Ruth P. White, 86, passed away peacefully at her residence Wednesday morning, November 27, 2013. She was a longtime member of Ft. Walton Beach First United Methodist Church. Mrs. White was born August 14, 1927 in Macon, Georgia. She graduated from Sylvania High School in Sylvania, Georgia in 1943. It was in Athens, Georgia at University of Georgia that she met and married the late John Augustus White August 13, 1949 after serving his country during WWII. The two moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1950 where John worked for 25 years at Eglin Air Force Base. Together they owned and operated the Mariner inn on Okaloosa Island for 32 years and they made countless friends along the way. Ruth had a love for life with a gracious southern style. She tirelessly fought the crippling effects of polio from childhood at age 5 and continued conquering those challenges throughout her life. After losing the love of her life, her husband John, she joined Fred Astaire and derived great pleasure participating and competing in ballroom dancing.

Mrs. White is survived by two daughters, Ruth White Landis (John) of New Orleans, LA and Deborah White Demmon of Fort Walton Beach, FL and one son, Jerrold Douglas White (Martha) of St. Petersburg, FL; eight beloved grandchildren, Rachel Landis Minter (Tommy), Michael Landis and Charles Landis; Johnathon, Jourdan, Jared and Jarrett Demmon; and Shawn White; and nephews, James L. Sims of Starrett, AL, Mark A. Sims of Sylvania, GA, Robert L. Sims of Tehachapi, CA, Koelker Pfeiffer (Charlotte) of Savannah, GA; nieces Mary Louise Sims Ray (Steve) of Sharpsburg, GA, Mary Catherine Anderson (Wayne) of Sylvania, GA. She was preceded in death by her husband John A. White, her parents, Ruth Koelker and Louis Otto Pfeiffer; brothers William Koelker and wife Catherine Pfeiffer and Louis Otto and wife Flora Pfeiffer, Mary Louise and husband James Leonard Sims and neice Rebecca P. Forehand.

Visitation will be held at Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by a Graveside Service at 1:30 at Screven County Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Karen R. Zeigler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Polio Research Fund; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Post Polio Research.

McLaughlin Mortuary was in charge of arrangements in Fort Walton Beach, FL and
Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in charge of all local arrangements. www.thompsonstricklandwaters.com.

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