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Reita Ruark

Reita Mae Ruark, 99, of Georgetown, DE, formerly of Cambridge, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 19, 2020 at Genesis of Milford.

Born September 17, 1920 in Bishop’s Head, MD, she was the daughter of the late Iva and Maurice Pritchett.

Reita graduated from the Dorchester County School system. She began her career in retail with her first job as a sales representative at McCroy’s Five and Dime in downtown Cambridge and later became Assistant Manager of Leggett’s Department Store. She retired from the retail giant before it became the Belk Stores. Reita was a people person, her bubbly personality, quick wit and contagious smile will be remembered by all who knew her.

Reita met and married her husband Henry M. Ruark on March 25, 1942. They had one son Marcellus Ruark. Henry passed away suddenly Oct. 30, 1964.

Reita is survived by her son Mark of Milford; five grandchildren, Keith Ruark and his wife Jackie, Honey Cadel, Jennifer Ruark, Crystal Mehrenberg and husband Dennis, Kenneth Smith and wife Rose.

Also surviving are four great-grandchildren Justin Cadel, Janna Ruark, Xavier Ruark and London Mohr.

A funeral service will be held Monday, February 24, 2020 beginning 11:00 am at Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A. A viewing will be held the hour prior to the service. Officiating will be Pastor Chuck Hudson.

Interment will follow at Dorchester Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Delaware SPCA at www.delspca.org

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Dear Family,Miss Reita was a good family friend with a larger than life personality. She and my grandmother, Madeline Fountain, has many wonderful adventures together. I remember with fondness that every time she came to our house she would burst trough the door saying here I am you lucky people! And we absolutely were lucky to have her in our lives.

Cheryl Fountain Feb 24 2020 12:00 AM

A great person...She was a President of Quota! Rest in Peace dear friend!

Colleen Bromwell Feb 23 2020 12:00 AM

Remembering many happy times together at Leggetts. She always made me laugh.

Jane Phillips Feb 21 2020 12:00 AM

Fond memories of our time together at Leggetts. She made a wonderful difference in many lives.

Barbara Windsor Feb 20 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Reita Ruark

Daniel Mills Feb 20 2020 12:00 AM

She was always thinking of others. I'll always remember how she frequently called to check on mom or just to chat with her. She was a lovely Lady, both inside and out!

Mike, Tia, & Christian Justice Feb 20 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Reita Ruark

Shirley L. Hitchens Feb 20 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Reita Ruark

Wanda Moore Ruark Feb 20 2020 12:00 AM

With loving memories of ReitaKenneth & Rose Smith, Jennifer & Xavier Ruark

Kenneth & Rose Smith, Jennifer & Xavier Ruark Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM