Margaret “Ruth” DeHoff passed away on January 2, 2018 in her home in Salisbury surrounded by her family. She was 93.
Born and raised in Baltimore’s Howard Park community to the late Martin and Esther Beynon, Ruth attended Forest Park High where she met the love of her life, J. Arthur “Otts” DeHoff. Married to Otts at age 17, Ruth soon grew into the role she was born to play: mom. In addition to their three beloved daughters, Ruth and Otts helped raise 9 other children and opened their home to countless other friends and family members in their time of need.
Everywhere Ruth went, she made it feel like home. In 1969, Ruth, Otts, Esther, and Ruth’s aunt and best friend, Margaret Kuntz, moved to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, settling down on what affectionately became known as “The Farm” in Mardela Springs. Together, they transformed “The Farm” into a destination for family and friends, hosting countless holidays and birthdays, and never turning away someone in need of a meal or a place to stay. In the summers, she and Otts would take their daughters, grandchildren, and extended family to 36th Street in Ocean City—another “home” filled with cherished memories of home-cooked meals, frequent sunscreen reminders, and rousing games of Trivial Pursuit.
In addition to being the heart of her family, Ruth was the light in every room she entered. She was always ready with a joke or an impromptu song and dance, and she never left the house without perfect hair, makeup, and clothing. She kept a weekly appointment at Laurie’s Beauty Shop in Salisbury, where she and Margaret were known as “The Golden Girls.” She and Otts were active members of Howard Park Methodist Church (Baltimore) and Emmanuel United Methodist Church (Mardela Springs), and she enjoyed several years volunteering with Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Junior Board.
In addition to her parents, Ruth is predeceased by Otts, her husband of 66 years, her sister Alma Wharton, and her brothers, Jimmy and Bobby Beynon. She is survived by her daughters, Corinne Kutrik (Leonard), Connie Boccia (Patrick), and Cathy Anarino; three brothers, Martin “Tommy,” James Edward “Eddie” (Sandy), and John Thomas “Johnny” (Robin) Beynon; her aunt, Margaret; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many dearly loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Jill Porter, CRNP, and Coastal Hospice nurse Rochelle Corbin for caring for Ruth with love, kindness, and dignity in her final years and days.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church in Salisbury. Family and friends will gather for a visitation one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21803, or Recovery Resource Center, 726 South Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD 21801