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home : obituaries : obituaries May 24, 2016

10/17/2013 8:00:00 AM
Jimmie Ruth Malott
March 23, 1941 - Oct. 14, 2013
Jimmie Ruth Malott
Jimmie Ruth Malott

Jimmie Ruth Malott, 73, of Delphi, passed away on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Born on March 23, 1941, in West Blocton, Ala., Jimmie Ruth was the precious daughter of Robert James and Jewell Coe Townsend. In 1959 with great pride she graduated from Horace Mann High School in Gary.

On July 21, 1959 in Valparaiso, Jimmie Ruth married Roscoe H. Malott. From their union came a daughter, Lisa, and three sons, Richard, James and Christopher. Later, their official journey in life together ended, but they remained lifelong friends.

In 2003 Jimmie Ruth retired from Lau Industries. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and attended Faith Outreach Center and Calvary Temple of South Bend.

Enjoying scrapbooking, she created a beautiful custom album for each family member. Fishing? Oh, yes, she trolled the waters of Lake 16, Manitou at the Dam, the Woodlawn Hospital Pond, Grass Creek Pond, and Fish-in-Fun on the shores of the Tippecanoe River. On the banks she stood with her trusty casting rod, reeling in catfish, blue gill and bass. She once pursued a huge catfish that managed to allude her for nearly two weeks. Jimmie Ruth persevered and with great pride landed the catch of the day following a big fight with her line.

A lover of feline companions, she shared her home with Toby, Brat, Little Man, Morris, Turbo, Tigger, Jaime, and Charo they were all of the species Hemingway or Minx. Among all of these felines was her devoted canine companion "Dude," a Newfoundland, who passed over Rainbow Bridge.

Left to cherish Jimmie 's memory are her mother, Jewell Townsend of West Blocton, Ala.; a daughter, Lisa Brown and companion Owen Ophein of Delphi; three sons, Richard Malott and wife Pamela of Woodstock, Ala., James Malott and wife Linda of Sheridan, and Christopher Malott of Rochester; lifelong friend Roscoe Malott and wife Tina of Rochester; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, sister Teresa J. Austin on Feb. 10, 2013, brother Jerry Townsend on May 31, 2010 and her canine companion "Dude."

A celebration of the life of Jimmie Ruth Malott will be held on Friday, Oct. 18th at 1 p.m. at the Good Family Funeral Home,  1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with her family from 11 a.m. until the hour of the service. Burial will follow in Rochester's IOOF Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association. On-line expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013
Article comment by: mike Hornstein

So sorry to hear of your Loss! My prayers are with each of you as you go through these tough times. Jimmie was a very kind lady! May the peace of God through Jesus Christ give you all comfort. In Christ's Love!
Mike Hornstein

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