Ruthann Lawrence, passed away on October 10, 2023, at the age of 98. Born on September 30, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois, Ruthann touched countless lives throughout her expansive career and beyond.
Ruthann dedicated herself to shaping young minds as a teachers’ aid for Guion Creek Elementary School. Her passion for education was evident in the way she interacted with her students, always patient and nurturing. She possessed a unique talent for bringing joy through her puppeteering skills. Ruthann's mastery of this art form led her to become a beloved puppeteer on the show "Time for Timothy," which aired on WTHR. Her delightful performances brought smiles to children's faces and inspired their imaginations. She also wrote scripts and made some of the puppets used in the shows.
One of Ruthann's greatest joys in life was her family. She exemplified kindness and love towards them and everyone fortunate enough to cross her path. Ruthann's warm personality radiated warmth and compassion wherever she went. She had an uncanny ability to make people feel seen, valued, and loved.
Aside from her teaching career and puppeteering talents, Ruthann had diverse interests that brought immense fulfillment to her life. With a keen love for English horseback riding and show jumping, she dedicated herself to mastering this art form and won numerous awards along the way. Her gracefulness on horseback was matched only by her tenacity and relentless determination.
Ruthann also ventured into the skies with a fascination for flying. Through hard work and dedication, she earned her pilot license, a remarkable achievement that demonstrated her thirst for knowledge and exploration. At flight school she met David Lawrence, her husband of 40 years.
On Sunday, October 15th, 2023, friends and family will gather at Flanner Buchanan - Washington Park North in Indianapolis to celebrate Ruthann's extraordinary life. The visitation will be held at 12:00 PM, followed by a funeral service at 1:00 PM.
Ruthann Lawrence leaves behind her children, Robert (Molly), James (Palma), Anne Young (Thomas), Susan Schweier, Amy Dalton (Michael), and daughter-in-law Beth Lawrence. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Andrea Plozay (Mark), Pamela Young (Justin), Jeffrey Young (Abigail), Daniel Lawrence (Alicia), Austin Lawrence, Jordan Lawrence, Iris Schweier, Rosalie Moses (Fisher), Logan Dalton and 6 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, David Lawrence and her son Michael.