Ruth M. Schnell, 95, social worker, volunteer

July 30, 2002

Ruth M. Schnell, a retired social worker, hospital volunteer and former Crownsville resident, died July 23 of complications from pneumonia at her home in Clayton, Ga. She was 95.

She was a volunteer at Anne Arundel Medical Center in the 1970s and 1980s, and a former president of its volunteers. Earlier, she was a social worker for the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and for Anne Arundel County. She also worked with foster children.

She moved to Atlanta, then, in 1990, to Clayton.

Born Ruth McCullough in Atlanta, she was a 1928 graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va. She remained active in alumnae affairs and was a former president of its Annapolis alumnae chapter. She earned a master's degree in social work from Ohio State University in Columbus.

In the 1930s, while working in the Atlanta public library, she assisted author Margaret Mitchell in her research for Gone with the Wind.

In 1929, she married John Schnell, an Army officer who died in 1967.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Inn in Clayton.

She is survived by a daughter, Jane M. Schnell of Clayton.

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