Ruth "Pete" Christman

August 23, 1930 ~ November 17, 2020 (age 90)

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Ruth "Pete" Christman
August 23, 1930 - November 17, 2020

   Ruth Eleanor Christman, 90, of Defiance, Ohio and formerly of Deshler, Ohio passed away Tuesday night, November 17, 2020 at Glenn Park of Defiance.
   Ruth was born in Defiance County to the late Emery and Ruby (Merz) Diamond.  Growing up around Ayersville she became known by the nickname "Pete".  She attended the Ayersville United Methodist Church and graduated from Ayersville High School in 1948.
   On February 21, 1959 she married Clayton G. Christman and they moved to his home town of Deshler.  Here she was a dedicated homemaker and mother.  They attended the former Deshler United Methodist Church and she enjoyed participating in women's bowling leagues at Deshler Lanes and women's volleyball in her community.  Over the years, she was always up for a good card game, going to garage sales and looking for antiques or being the family joke teller.  Through it all, there was no greater focus than that of her family.  She was a devoted wife and mother.  She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  
   She is survived by a daughter, Kelli (Scott) Seiler, Bryan, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Sue Christman, Leipsic, Ohio; grandchildren, Brandon Seiler; Kirsten Seiler; step grandchildren, Darci (Jeff) Swick; Derek (Melinda) Hermiller and 5 step great grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton; her son, Jeffrey Christman; two sisters, Francis Murphy; Gertrude Becher and three brothers, Emery Diamond, Jr.; Walter Diamond and Robert Diamond.
   Services will be private for the family and Ruth will be laid to rest next to her husband, Clayton at Woodlawn Cemetery, Deshler.
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