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Ruth Eleanor McCorkill, 96 formerly of 418 Orange Street, Northumberland, passed away on May 3, 2017, at Nottingham Village, Northumberland, where she had been a guest.
Ruth Eleanor was born Nov. 6, 1920, in Northumberland, a daughter of the late William Garver and Mary Jane (Morgan) McCorkill.

She was a 1938 graduate of Northumberland High School who was proud to be a classmate and close friend of Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, navigator of the Enola Gay. After graduation she attended Bucknell University and received her bachelor's degree in business administration in 1943 from Susquehanna University.
Ruth Eleanor was a Susquehanna University alumni director and sports publicist. She worked very closely with both Amos Alonzo Stagg and Amos Alonzo Stagg Jr., Susquehanna University football coaches. She later received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the university.
Following a 10 year career at Susquehanna University, she held a similar position at Upsala College in East Orange, N.J. She later worked in public relations for the Salvation Army in New Jersey and The Old First Presbyterian Church in Newark, New Jersey. After many years of dedicated service, Ruth Eleanor retired in 1989 and returned to Northumberland.
She was a life member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Northumberland. She received an award from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission for her volunteer efforts with the History Camp of the Northumberland County Historical Society and dedication as a docent of the Joseph Priestley House. She gave many hours to the VNA Health System in Shamokin. She was an active member of the Northumberland/Point Township Senior Action Center and a former member of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale.

Private interment will be in Riverview Cemetery with the Rev. Patricia Pittsnogle officiating.

Arrangements are by the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King St., Northumberland.
Published on May 10, 2017
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