Ruth M. Kilmer

LITITZ – Ruth M. Kilmer, 86, of Lititz, died at 4:50 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Luther Acres Manor, Lititz.

She was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Grand Haven, Mich., the daughter of the late John Mahder Jr. and Catherin (Lutz) Mahder. Her husband, Charles V. Kilmer Jr., preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 2000.

Ruth is survived by sisters Martha M. Ellerman and her husband, Donald, of Loudon, Tenn., and Rita Uecker and husband, Roger, of Grand Rapids, Mich. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, William, George and John Mahder.

She was a graduate of the Davenport Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich.

She was a secretary for Gerald R. Ford when he was a representative, minority leader, vice president and president of the United States.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Rex Funeral Home, 308 Market St., Port Royal, with the Rev. Crystal M. Lyde officiating.

A viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Interment will be in New Church Hill Cemetery, in Port Royal.