Ruth Minor, 88, employee of Workshop for the Blind

February 18, 2004

Ruth V. Minor, who worked for the Maryland Workshop for the Blind and was an active churchgoer, died of a bone infection Sunday at a daughter's West Baltimore home. She was 88.

She was born Ruth Virginia Minor in Louisa County, Va., where she also attended county public schools. She moved to Baltimore in 1938 and later went to work in food preparation for the Maryland Workshop.

"She helped the blind who operated newsstands in office buildings with the serving of food," said a daughter, the Rev. Ruby M. Purnell, assistant pastor of Grace Memorial Baptist Church.

Miss Minor - who retired in 1978 - was a longtime active member of Simmons Baptist Church, and a member of the women's auxiliary of the United Baptist Convention.

Miss Minor had lived on Smallwood Street for many years, and enjoyed traveling, family reunions, and helping family members and neighbors.

"She freely shared whatever she had. She also loved visiting the sick. That was very important to her," her daughter said.

A wake will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Grace Memorial, Eden and Chase streets. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark Baptist Church in Maidens, Va.

In addition to her daughter, Miss Minor is survived by a son, John B. Minor of Maidens; two other daughters, Doris Minor of Baltimore and Gladys Fleming of Manakin, Va.; and a brother, Jessie Minor Jr. of Maidens.

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