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Dec 1, 2016  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Ruthann Sumpter was born in South­ern Indi­ana, moved to Peru before the age of 5, then after fin­ish­ing her edu­ca­tion, got mar­ried and moved to Ohio. She lat­er moved to Mar­i­on in 1961, has lived here ever since, and has thus far devot­ed 55 years of her life serv­ing the Mar­i­on community. 

Ruthann led cel­e­bra­tion activ­i­ties in 1982 for the Marion/​Grant Coun­ty Sesqui­cen­ten­ni­al. Tri Kap­pa, an Indi­ana orga­ni­za­tion known for activ­i­ties sup­port­ing women, char­i­ty, cul­ture and edu­ca­tion, hon­ored her recent­ly for 40 years of involve­ment. Ruthann has served near­ly 10 years with the Depart­ment Club, main­ly known for the Klothes for Kids” dri­ve. She is a mem­ber and one of the founders of Friends of the Library in Mar­i­on, a vol­un­teer group which helps pur­chase addi­tion­al items for the library, and has been serv­ing on the Mar­i­on Library Board for the past cou­ple of years. Dur­ing the 1970s, she vol­un­teered her time pro­duc­ing and direct­ing Miss Mar­i­on,” a Miss Amer­i­ca pre­lim­i­nary pageant.

She is a recip­i­ent of mul­ti­ple achieve­ment awards includ­ing the Sag­amore of the Wabash, Indiana’s high­est honor.

Last year, notably the year of Indiana’s 200th birth­day, Ruthann served tire­less­ly as the Cour­t­house Cel­e­bra­tion Coor­di­na­tor for the Bicen­ten­ni­al, the Veteran’s Day Parade of Heroes Co-coor­di­na­tor, and is cur­rent­ly lead­ing the Grant Coun­ty Cour­t­house cel­e­bra­tion of 200 years of State­hood, which will occur on Decem­ber 11th (State­hood Day). She was also nom­i­nat­ed and select­ed as one of the torch­bear­ers rep­re­sent­ing Grant Coun­ty dur­ing the Indi­ana Torch Relay in September.

I love this com­mu­ni­ty and the peo­ple. We need char­i­ty, cul­ture, and education…and if I can help, I want to do it.” – Ruthann Sumpter

Lis­ten to Good Morn­ing Grant Coun­ty, read the paper, read the Sun­day Chron­i­cle Tri­bune with club news. Clubs do things like give schol­ar­ships. They’re ter­ri­bly impor­tant to the health of the com­mu­ni­ty.” – Ruthann Sumpter

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