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Originally published: 2014-01-30 16:54:27
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Ruth Apperson Sizer

Ruth Apperson Sizer, 93, of 163 Shadowline Drive, Boone, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at her home.

Ruth was born Oct. 18, 1920, in Montgomery, Ala., the second daughter of Claude Damon Apperson and Dessie McLendon Apperson. Her stepfather was Lawrence Lafayette Apperson Sr. of Atlanta, Ga.

The family moved to Atlanta when she was 8 years old. She attended R.L. Hope Grammar School and graduated from North Fulton High School in Atlanta. After graduation, Ruth attended the University of Georgia, where she was a charter member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity.

In October of 1942, she enlisted in the first contingent of Waves from the South (Navy) and was stationed at Indiana University for her "boot training." After finishing her "boot training," she was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., as a storekeeper 3rd class. Here Ruth met and married Ensign Charles T. Sizer Sr. They were married for 61 years. After World War II, they remained in Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville. During those years, she was very active at St. Pauls by the Sea Episcopal Church, President of Atlantic Beach PTA, President of Hibiscus Garden Circle, and many other civic clubs.

In 1963, her family moved to Coral Gables, Fla., and she became associated with Mims and Thomas Manufacturing Company as sales manager. In 1981, Ruth and Charles purchased a second home in Islamorada, Fla., where they retired and fished from Charles' boat "The Ole Doll." Subsequently, they moved to Blowing Rock and enjoyed the mountains. While here, they traveled extensively in Spain and Portugal, where they spent the winter months on the "Costa Del Sol." Seeking a warmer climate they returned to Fernandina Beach, Fla., in 1995.

Ruth and her husband were active members of St. Peters Episcopal Church, he in the #4 Breakfast Team and her in the E.C.W., Bereavement Committee, and the Kitchen Angels. She was a member of the Amelia Island Museum and she and Charles were featured in the 200 "Veterans History Project."

Among her pastimes were hand-quilting and meeting with her Circle of Friends Quilting Group.

Ruth is survived by one son, Charles T. Sizer Jr. and wife, Mary Ruth, of Boone; one daughter, Suzanne S. Jordan and husband, Edwin, of Parkersburg, W.Va.; three granddaughters, Jennifer S. Jordan of Gahanna, Ohio, Carol Ruth S. Holladay and husband, Gaius, of Orlando Fla., and Elizabeth S. Sizer of Washington, D.C.; two great-grandsons, William Casey Jordan of Gahanna, and Jackson Gaius Holladay of Orlando; and two brothers, Lawrence L. Apperson and wife, Louise, and Claude Damon Apperson. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles T. Sizer Sr.

Memorial services for Ruth Apperson Sizer will be conducted at a later date at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Fernandina Beach.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cemetery Fund of St. Peters Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, or to the Blowing Rock Community Club, 1022 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC 28605.

Online condolences may be sent to the Sizer family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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