In loving memory of

Ruth L. Colón
September 27, 1952 - August 30, 2021

Ruth Lee Colón (nee Blanks) passed away peacefully at home on August 30, 2021. Ruth was born September 27, 1952 in Wilmington, N.C. to Mary (Graham) and James Blanks. Ruth was raised in East Arcadia, N.C. and was the youngest of 11 children.

After graduating from East Arcadia High School, Ruth joined the U.S. Army in 1970. While enlisted, Ruth was a WAC and worked in the clerical department. It was in the Army, where she met the love of her life, Johnny Colón in 1971 in Aberdeen, Md.

After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1973, Ruth began her career at the US Postal Service. Ruth worked at the Philadelphia branch until her retirement in 2006.

Ruth enjoyed traveling, gambling at the casinos, lotto scratch-offs, watching crime shows, gardening, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, and spending time with her family. Ruth was the life of every party she attended, with her favorite Coors Light in hand.

Ruth leaves behind her husband Johnny, two daughters Corinne (Willie) and Christina (Ruben), her beloved grandchildren Larrisa and Ramón, her granddogs Cotton, Marco, Blu, Merlo, Delilah and Petey, numerous nephews and nieces, and a host of extended family members and friends.

There will be a viewing Saturday afternoon from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service 3pm at the funeral home. Interment private.


Christina stanley wrote on Feb 24, 2023:

"Lost for words right now and heart broken I can not believe your gone I was thinking about a lot of my childhood memories most of my happiest ones was being with you, Corrine, Christina & uncle Jonny colon at your home? I wish I reached out sooner you are truly missed I love you aunt ruthie "

Joe Renforth wrote on Sep 2, 2021:

"Johnny, so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. I hope God offers you some solace in her loss. "

Olivia S Zarnack wrote on Sep 2, 2021:

"John, Christina & Corinne We are so glad we had that special day with Ruth to spend visiting & chatting for a few hours. Even though she was not feeling well she enjoyed Connie & my time with her. We talked about so many things, family, vacation in Pocono's, favorite foods and more. We will always cherish the memory of that day with her. She is with the Lord now, no longer ill or suffering, and your Guardian Angel, with you wherever you are. We send our deepest condolences & keep you all in prayer for strength to go forward. Olivia Zarnack & Zarnack family "

Deborah Bowen Keaton Boykin wrote on Sep 1, 2021:

"Hello Ruth's Family. I am Deborah Keaton Boykin. Ruth was my classmate. She was a very Special Person to each of her Classmates. I can remember when we were in school. She kept everyone laughing all the time. I am going to miss Her. I am praying for Her Family that God will give them strength and comfort during this time of breavment. Love You''ll!!!!!!"

Shaqua Montgomery wrote on Aug 31, 2021:

"There's nothing I can say that can possibly lessen the suffering the family is enduring right now, I will say I'm deeply sorry for the loss of such a loving and vibrant woman. I pray for comfort and strength for the entire family, her husband, her daughters, and her grandson. R.I.P Aunt Hye, you will be missed I'm happy you're now at peace."

Delphine Brown Andrews wrote on Aug 31, 2021:

"May God Hold You, Help You and See You Through, With heartfelt sympathy in the loss of my Classmate. Delphine Brown Andrews "

Jo-Ann Higgins wrote on Aug 31, 2021:

"As a former classmate of Ruth at East Arcadia High School, I want to say it was a joy being around her. She had such a great personality, beautiful smile, pretty face, and pleasant spirit. If you had a bad day, all you needed to do was get up with her and she would make you laugh and lift your spirit. She will be missed! Praying ?? for you family. From Jo-Ann (Drye) Williams Higgins who is Ruth's cousin also."

Donna & Mickey DelGiorno wrote on Aug 31, 2021:

"That laugh! We?ll always remember the get togethers we had on Crestview Dr & the people that are no longer here?& Ruthie was always the life of the party. She was a warrior?& she will be remembered that way. ??"