Ruth Kather­ine Gul­rich

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RIDGELY — Ruth Kather­ine Gul­rich, 89, was born Jan. 4, 1928, in Ridgely to Otis Mor­ris and Katie Starkey. Ruth died on Mon­day, Jan. 30, 2017, at her farm home where she resided for the past 69 years. She died sur­rounded by her lov­ing fam­ily and un­der the ex­cep­tional care of Dr. Pa­tri­cia Karnes-Amz­i­bel, whom she loved.

Ruth was born on the fam­ily farm in Ridgely and was the youngest of six chil­dren. She grad­u­ated from Ridgely High School in June 1944 and started work­ing for the FBI in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., in 1944.

Ruth met her hus­band, Mathew An­drew Gul­rich Sr., in 1945, and they were mar­ried on April 5, 1947, un­til his death in 1993. Soon af­ter their mar­riage, they moved and es­tab­lished the cur­rent fam­ily farm, where they raised their fam­ily.

Whether Ruth was in the kitchen pre­par­ing meals for her fam­ily or car­ing for her chil­dren, she was also Mathew’s hard-work­ing com­pan­ion on the dairy farm. From the be­gin­ning of the es­tab­lish­ment of the dairy farm, Ruth worked equally side by side whether it was in the dairy milk­ing or tend­ing to the calves, chick­ens, hogs, or driv­ing the trac­tors plant­ing or har­vest­ing the crops, Ruth could be found dili­gently work­ing on the farm and was ded­i­cated to its suc­cess.

Ruth was also an avid Ori­oles fan, Brooks and Cal were her all-time fa­vorites, and she at­tended many games with her fam­ily in­clud­ing the 1993 All­Star Game with her three sons. If she wasn’t at the game, she was watch­ing it from her tele­vi­sion. Those who knew Ruth well, would never call or dis­turb her dur­ing a game. You were al­ways wel­come to come watch with her!

Ruth was a lover of sports, es­pe­cially Mary­land teams, un­less of course they be­gan to lose badly or were not play­ing their best, she would then change the chan­nel to her West­ern­ers or His­tory chan­nel. She also loved horse rac­ing, and even at­tended the 2009 Preak­ness.

Ruth was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Mathew, in 1993, and her son, David, in 1962, as well as her sib­lings: Ju­lia Mered­ith, Ellen Grif­fin, Ge­orge Mor­ris, Otis Mor­ris, and Cook­man Mor­ris.

She is sur vived by her five chil­dren: Karen (Wayne) Durham, Golds­boro, MD; Mathew (Brenda) Gul­rich Jr., Mary­del, MD; Lee Gul­rich, Alam­ogordo, NM; Kevin (Lynne) Gul­rich, Hen­der­son, MD; Mary Kay (Larry) Kuchta, Palm Coast, FL; 10 grand­chil­dren; seven great-grand­chil­dren and ex­pect­ing num­ber eight in July; as well as nu­mer­ous nieces and a nephew and ex­tended fam­ily.

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at Flee­gle and Helfen­bein Fu­neral Home in Greensboro at 2 p.m. Fri­day, Feb. 3, with a vis­i­ta­tion one hour prior. In­ter­ment will fol­low at the Greensboro Ceme­tery.

In lieu of flow­ers, dona­tions may be made in Mrs. Gul­rich’s name to the Golds­boro Vol­un­teer Fire Dept., 700 Old­line Road, Golds­boro, MD 21636.

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