In Memoriam : Brig. Ruth Alley

Brig. Ruth Alley Brig. Ruth M. Alley - age: 94
(June 26, 1920 to March 28, 2015 )
Resident of Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Visitation Information:
Visiting hours will be Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main Street, Saco. A Celebration of Life will be conducted, Wednesday, April 1, 6:00 PM at The Salvation Army, 2 Sixth St., Old Orchard Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the World Services fund of The Salvation Army, 2 Sixth Street, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04074.

Ruth M. Alley, 94, a Brigadier in The Salvation Army, passed quietly to her heavenly home in the evening of March 28 from Scarborough Terrace, Scarborough.

Born June 26, 1920, in Bucyrus, Oh., to Wesley and Blanche Bippus, she was educated in the Bucyrus public schools and at The Salvation Army College for Officer Training, New York, N.Y. Brief appointments in Sharon and Kane, Pa. followed. With her marriage to Virl M. Alley in 1943, she began a shared pastoral ministry at Salvation Army centers in Westbrook, Me., Augusta, Me., Danbury, Cn., Covington, Ky., Columbus (Goodale), Oh., Columbus (Pontiac), Oh., Frankfurt, Ky., Cincinnati, Oh., New York, N.Y., Marion, Oh., Chillicothe, Oh., Old Orchard Beach, Me., and Keene, N.H. She and her husband retired to Old Orchard Beach, following their final assignment at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

Ruth’s ministry was distinguished by gifts of teaching, preaching and pastoral care, especially among the marginalized and poor. She was revered for her kindness and beauty of character. Summing up 41 years of exemplary service, she said, simply: “Wherever we went, we loved our people.”

Ruth is survived by her husband, Virl, and siblings Lt. Colonel Mary Smith, Cleveland, Oh., Drusilla Laipply, Columbus, Oh., James Bippus, Three Rivers, Mi., Bonnie Ley, Bucyrus, Oh., and Roberta Barton, Texas; children, Lt. Colonel Elaine Rader, Bethlehem, Pa., Karen Claussen, N. Waterboro, Me., Donald Alley, Powell, Oh.; grandchildren, Alfred Claussen, Townshend, Vt., Kim Claussen, Scarborough, Me., Bramwell Rader, Bethlehem, Pa., Damon Rader, Long Beach, N.Y., Evangeline Rader Discini, Union Beach, N.J., Tucker Rader, Melbourne, Australia; and 11 great grandchildren.

Richard and Gloria Beaulieu - March 30, 2015Contact this person Contact this person
Virl, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. Ruth was a wonderful person and neighbor for over 30 years. She was so kind to our son through the years.

Betty Sharp - April 1, 2015Contact this person Contact this person
What would my life have been like without the Alleys? I was the best-trained Cadet in my session because of both of you. Mrs. Alley guided me to a special knowledge of what it meant to be filled with the Spirit. I have shared that same information everywhere I've been through the years. It meant so much to be in touch, and more then anything, filled my life with special love and respect for two very special people. Brigadier, my heart aches for you. I know that you know where your lady is, but the problem you'll have is where she's not. I'll be praying for you, for Elaine, Karen, and Don - all of you through these days. I Love You. Betty


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