Ruth Eleanor Morrison

Monday, May 3, 2021

April 20, 2021 Ruth passed peacefully from this world, into the next holding her husband’s hand. She was in the ICU at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

Born Dec. 9, 1937 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Heber L. and Aurelia F. Bartlett. Preceded in death by her brother, Bill and parents. Survived by husband of nearly 64 years, Ron and daughters, Lora Morrison of Pineville, Ky. and Sherri and son-in-law Mike Shamet of Palm Bay, Fla. Grandsons, Ryan Shamet, wife Cody of Jacksonville, Fla. and Conner Shamet, wife Megan of Palm Bay, Fla.

A retired business owner, she and Ron owned and operated the “Tall Pines Inn” from 1989 to 2004. Prior to Eureka Springs she operated her private piano studio for 20 years in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Ruth loved her community, her music and her church. She served Eureka Springs 1st United Methodist as former chair of Administration Board, Lay Leader, and part time Choir director in the 90s. Community activities included, founding Board Member, Carroll County Community Foundation (C.C.C.F.), City Auditorium Commission (original remodel) and supporting the Opera in the Ozarks.

Ruth was an accomplished pianist, attending Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio State University and graduating Capital University, Columbus, Ohio with a major in piano performance. A highlight was being chosen to perform a piano concerto with the Capital Symphony Orchestra in 1971 (after returning to school as an adult to finish her degree). She was proud having once served as accompanist for the Ozarks Chorale.

Ruth’s warm smile and caring heart will be missed by her family and friends across this city, country and world. Memorials may be sent to Carroll County Community Foundation to support Ruth’s loves. The “Music Fund” of the Eureka Springs 1st United Methodist or the fund supporting Opera in the Ozarks.

A memorial service to be held at her church at a later date.