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Flag lowered to honor former Clerk-Treasurer

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Flags at city buildings were lowered to half-staff "to honor Ruth Mohr's service to the community," Mayor Tom Arthur said Tuesday morning.

Although he did not know Ruth Mohr personally, Arthur wanted to recognize her contributions to the city of Brazil, and citizens of Clay County.

"She'd be very proud that the new mayor would honor her this way," said her daughter, Nancy Herron of Cincinnati, Ohio. "Mother enjoyed politics and has always been an active member of the Republican Party."

Entering the workforce in 1966 after raising her family, Ruth worked as a ward secretary and then in the cardiology department of Clay County Hospital.

"I've always been proud of my mother and her strong will to live and enjoy life to its fullest," said her youngest daughter Nina Schoonover of Brazil. "She enjoyed her work, friends and the community so very much."

In the 1980s, Ruth's interest in politics led to public office. She served as the Clay County Recorder, and finally as the Brazil City Clerk-Treasurer during Mayor Kenny Crabb's administration.

"Ruth was a very family- and community-minded person," said former Mayor Crabb. "She was so sweet, and a matter-of-fact kind of person, that you just couldn't help but listen to her. I will miss her."

Ruth worked diligently over the years to preserve the history of Brazil and Clay County.

"I just loved to listen to her tell stories about Brazil's past." Clay County Historical Society Vice President Vicki Mace said. Ruth and her husband Gus were a driving force behind the county museum. "She had such a great love of history, and knew so much about Brazil's past. Ruth will be greatly missed."

Visitation for Ruth E. Mohr will be at Moore Funeral Home 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, with services afterwards.

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