It was almost seven years ago that I walked into my very first Kentucky Romance Writers meeting. I was not yet a member, but at that meeting I met six ladies who were. One of them was Ruth Wells.
Today, Ruth’s family and friends will say goodbye to her. Ruth passed away on January 30, after a battle with cancer. She was 49 years old. And though I can’t be there myself, I wanted use this venue to honor her life.
What I remember most about Ruth is that she was always smiling. Soft-spoken and kind, Ruth had a beautiful, sweet spirit that was obvious when you looked at her. Encouragement and compliments flowed easily from her, and it was difficult not to feel uplifted in her presence.
Members of Kentucky Romance Writers are spread out all over the state (and even other states), and you’d be hard pressed to find even one of us who didn’t have a deep affection for Ruth Wells. Most of the communication between members of our group takes place over email, or in our bi-monthly “in person” meetings. But even with that limited communication and interaction, Ruth’s personality and sweet nature came shining through.
Her family and friends have suffered a great loss, but I know they are proud of the woman Ruth was. Her influence reached far beyond the town where she lived, and the memory of her will inspire those of us who knew her for years to come.
Rest in peace, Ruth Wells. You will be greatly missed.