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Gentry, Ruth Mona (Middleton) (8/25/1930 - 5/13/2008)

By Auburn (IN) Evening Star

Ruth Mona Gentry (Middleton), 77, of Hamilton, IN, died early Tuesday morning, May 13, 2008, at her residence. She was born Aug. 25, 1930, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Albert J. and Nellie M. (Walters) Middleton.  She married Gerald “Jerry” Gentry on Oct. 13, 1972. He preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 1973.  Surviving are two brothers and a sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her best friend, Naomi “Sally” Meier.  

She was bookkeeper with Yoder Ford in Garrett for 42 years. In her youth, Mrs. Gentry played professional baseball for the St. Boniface Athletics in Canada. The Chicago Colleens of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League drafted her in 1950. She played there for one year.  She then played for the South Bend Blue Sox and the Battle Creek and Muskegon Belles. She was included in Women in Baseball exhibit in the American Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1988.  She was inducted into the Canadian Professional Baseball Hall of Fame June 4, 1998, and also the Manitoba Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. She was a member of the Hamilton Fish & Game Club where she served as treasurer for over 30 years. She was a member of the Canadian Legion. 

Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home & Crematory in Hamilton with the Rev. Eric Stoops officiating. Burial will follow in Hamilton Cemetery. Calling will be two hours prior to the service. Memorials are to Hamilton Fish & Game Club, the American Cancer Society or Parkview Home Health and Hospice. 

Contributed by: Merrie Fidler
Submitted on: 03/20/2018
Copyright: Auburn (IN) Evening Star, 5/18/2008

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