Ruth K. Ensey-Whiteside


Ruth K. (Snyder) Ensey-Whiteside, age 77, passed away Friday morning, Nov. 10, 2017. She was a former resident of Nashville and most recently lived in Hope.

Ruth was born May 19, 1940, in Marion County, to the late Roger L. and Dorothy L. (Shultz) Snyder. She was a 1969 graduate of Manual High School in Indianapolis and later attended IUPUI.

Ruth retired as a special needs school bus driver for the Brown County school corporation. She was also the former owner of Shady Acres Bed & Breakfast in Brown County, which she operated for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked as a bus driver for Indy Go Bus in Indianapolis.

Ruth loved living in Brown County and became involved in several social organizations, including the Brown County Historical Society and the Brown County Pioneer Women’s Club. She was a longtime member of the Nashville Christian Church and the First Baptist Church of Hope.

Ruth expressed herself through her love of cooking, even writing several cookbooks. She was known in Brown County for her tea parties.

Ruth is survived by her children, John M. (LaDonna) Whiteside of Morristown, Burton R. (LaVerne) Whiteside of Taylorsville, Patrick J. (Denise) Whiteside of Hope, Scott A. (Shauna) Whiteside of Indianapolis and Mark A. (Chrissy) Whiteside of Waldron; siblings, Alleen K. (Ben) Fields of Lake Helen, FL, and Fred H. (Mary) Snyder of Indianapolis; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Katherine R. Whiteside; a son, Ronald W. Whiteside Jr.; an infant granddaughter, Heather Dawn Whiteside; and a brother, William D. Snyder.

A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St. in Morgantown.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in East Hill Cemetery, Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Ruth to: The Brown County Historical Society and Pioneer Women’s Club, P.O. Box 668, Nashville, IN 47448; Nashville Christian Church, 160 Van Buren St., Nashville, IN 47448; or First Baptist Church of Hope, 455 Jackson St., Hope, IN 47246.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Whiteside family at Information: 812-597-4670.