LEIVASY-  Dortha Lee Murphy Ruckman, 63, of Leivasy, Nicholas County, died March 3, 1998, in Summersville Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

She was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church, Leivasy, and was a homemaker.

Surviving: husband Charles Fotch Ruckman; daughters, Betty Tenny of Carl, Linda Ruckman of Richmond VA, Lavina Ruckman at home; sons, David Ruckman of Franklin, Gary Ruckman of Leivasy; stepdaughter, Mary Weiford of Colorado Springs, Colo; sister; Donna Richmond of Point Pleasant; half sister, Loise Duckworth of Leivasy; brothers; Willard Murphy of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Bob and Bill Murphy, both of Leivasy; half brother, Willis Dorsey of Rupert; three grandchildren; four step grandchildren; one great grandchild; two step great grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at New Prospect Baptist Church Leivasy, with the Rev. John Barnhouse and the Rev. Wilmer Richmond officiating. Burial will be in Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery, Carl. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and one hour prior to service at the church. The family request that flowers be omitted. Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, is in charge of arrangements.


In loving memory of our mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
We all still miss you very much.
What is it like?

Dortha Lee Ruckman

Dortha Lee Ruckman

I see you in my dreams at night.
You are well again with no disease to fight.
I’m happy to see you for I have many things to say.
Just as I start to speak I awake for the day.
I realize it’s just a dream and my eyes fill with tears.
It’s hard to believe you’ve been gone for two years.
I remember the day you went away.
Forever with Jesus to stay.
What was it like when the angels came?
How did it feel to hear them call out your name.
What was it like to be carried safely home to stay?
Never more to be bothered with the pain and suffering of yesterday.
What was it like to see your mother again?
What was it like to hold her hand?
No feelings on this earth can compare.
I will find out one day when I go up there.

Written by: Lavina Ruckman
Published by: The Nicholas Chronicle ~ Thursday, March 2, 2000