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Mary Ruth (Black) SereneMary Ruth (Black) Serene 94, of Kittanning, PA passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.
Mary Ruth was born on June 4, 1927 in Kittanning, the daughter of Charles D. and Violet M. (Cornman) Black.
Mary Ruth was a lifelong resident of Kittanning. She graduated from Kittanning High School in 1945 and from Butler County Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. She made a career as a registered nurse who worked in the emergency room at the old and new hospitals in Kittanning and in the office of Dr. James K. Greenbaum.
Mary Ruth was strong of faith and was an active member of Union Avenue United Methodist Church for many years. There, she sang in the choir, attended Sunday School, and helped with the youth program. She spent her mornings with devotions and prayers.
In her younger years, Mary Ruth was the best partner to have when playing card games. She was known to be an avid walker about Kittanning, walking from Applewold to McDonalds daily. She was a member of the YMCA Scarlet Water Bells and enjoyed exercising. Dressing up and going out with the ladies in the Red Hat Society was one of her favorite pastimes. In her later years, she loved to watch babies and animals which made her laugh frequently. Her grandkids loved to see her famous eye roll and hear her light hearted "Oh, my!" She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Her memory will be cherished by her brother, Bruce D. Black (Kathy) of New Smyran Beach, FL; her children, Pamela S. Shaffer (Jeff) of Kittanning, Kent D. Serene of Mt. Summit, Ronald Kim Serene of Kittanning, Keith E. Serene (Shelley Brumbaugh) of Kittanning, and Kirk M. Serene of Kittanning; nine grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by parents; her husband of 46 years, Ronald R. (Hoggie) Serene; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; and her younger sister, Delores Marlene (Samuel) Brown of Steubenville, OH.
Family and friends will be received from 6-8 PM on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at the Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 515 N. McKean Street, Kittanning, PA.
Funeral Services will be private.
Interment will be in Lawn Haven Burial Estates, Worthington, PA.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Mary Ruth's memory to Union Avenue United Methodist Church, 421 Union Avenue, Kittanning, PA 16201.
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