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Ruth Mae Parsons Syva (Haines) Irvin

January 16, 2022


Ruth Mae Parsons Syva Irvin (nee Haines) was carried home by the Angels on January 16, 2022 at the age of 96.  Private VFW services were held at Beeson Funeral Home in Newark, DE on January 29, 2022.  Following the service Ruth was laid to rest alongside of her beloved husband, James H. Irvin at Gracelawn Memorial Park.

Ruth was predeceased by her loving little girl Linda Ann Parsons who past at the age of 5 in 1952, her husbands, John (Jack) Parsons, Jr., Francis Syva, and James H Irvin, Jr.

Ruth was the last surviving child of her late parents Helen Moore (Nellie) and Herbert I. Haines. Her six sisters, Mildred A. Riley, Marian L. Hall, Helen I. Crompton, Dorothy E. Sturgis, Florence Haines, Hilda A. Abrams, and her two brothers Wilfred W. Haines and Earl W. Haines were waiting in Heaven to welcome her home.

Ruth is survived by her daughters Jacquelyn M. Parsons Taylor (Cliff) of Lakewood Ranch, FL and Karen E. Parsons MacCord of Middletown, DE, her three grandchildren Linda Taylor Edelwich (Michael), James Taylor (Cindy) and John Taylor (Ilse), eight great-grandchildren, four great great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Eileen Haines and many nieces and nephews.

Until her declining health took her to Florida to live near her daughter in 2016, Ruth had been a lifelong resident of Delaware. She grew up in Woodlawn Flats and attended Wilmington High School. She married her first husband and the father of her three daughters shortly after he returned from WWII fighting in the Pacific. In her late years, she resided near Rehoboth Beach and loved working at the Candy Kitchen until her health no longer allowed.

She was a life member of VFW Post #7447 of Rehoboth Beach, DE. She proudly served as the President of the VFW for the State of Delaware 1996-97.

Ruth loved to crochet and for years devoted her time to making lap blankets for elderly veterans.  In her final years she made several baby blankets for the newest members of her family along with a few for the babies not yet born so they would have something from her to start their lives.

Donations may be made in her memory to the VFW National Home for Children, 3573 S. Waverly Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI  48827.

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