Ruth Putnam Altizer, of 2111 Evergreen Rd. died at the Brian Center in Low Moor on March 9, 2018.
She was born October 16, 1936, in Covington, VA. She was the wife of the late Garland H. Altizer for 57 years until his death in 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Charles L. and Mamie Hocker Putnam, and her brother, Charles L. Putnam, Jr.
She retired from Westvaco in 1995 as a keyboard operator after 36 years. She was a member of McAllister Memorial Presbyterian Church.
She graduated from Covington High School in 1954, with a great number of graduates, which remained her closest and dearest friends after many years, especially Robbie Warlitner.
She was a special loving “Gramie” who loved her grands and great grands. Her favorite hobbie was collecting special dollar bills, and birthday year coins for them. She enjoyed going to her daughter’s dance studio “Garlynda’s Fancy Feet” in Clifton Forge, and attending dance recitals.
She is survived by a daughter Garlynda Altizer Haynes and husband, Grady, of Clifton Forge, a son Timothy Hayes Altizer and wife, Brenda, of Millboro, four grandchildren, Gavin Haynes and wife, Erin, of Clifton Forge, Giaynna Haynes Smith and husband, Brett, of Covington, Damin Altizer and wife, Kelly, of Charlottesville and Cody Altizer of Buena Vista, three great grandchildren Grayson Smith of Covington, Kate Altizer of Charlottesville, and Gates Haynes of Clifton Forge, a Brother-in-law Walter “Doc” Altizer and wife, Sarah, of Martinsville and a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.
A funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday March 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the McAllister Memorial Presbyterian Church with the Rev.Bill Gilliland officiating, assisted by Glenn Moran, a 1954 graduate of Covington High School.
The interment will follow at Alleghany Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Bill Keyser, B.B. Bryant, Danny Milton, Troy Gillespie, Brett Smith, Ernest Deel, Gene Young and Joe Wimer.
The family will receive their friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM in the Arritt Funeral Home and other times at the residence of Garlynda Haynes at 1602 Jefferson Ave. Clifton Forge, VA 24422.
The family asks that memorial gifts be made to COPE at McAllister Memorial Presbyterian Church at 900 N. Alleghany Ave., Covington, VA 24426.