Some people wake up and say, “Oh lord, it’s morning. Let me go back to sleep.” Then there are those who arise and say, “It’s morning, good Lord. Let’s get this day started!” If you talk to Ruth Rockwell of Elkhart for just a few minutes, you know exactly where she’s coming from. She is a ball of fire with energy and good cheer that make days seem brighter.
Ruth is a RN and worked for Elkhart Family Physicians for years. She has since mastered that fine distinction between retiring from your job and slowing down. She has retired. She has not slowed down.
Ruth is a super active volunteer and has given her time to many organizations and causes. “There are so many opportunities to do good things in Elkhart County,” she says. Ruth has been involved with Loveway and the Humane Society. She uses her nursing skills by volunteering to take care of the kids at Camp Lutherhaven in Albion, Indiana.
Ruth is committed to helping women become more self-sufficient as part of the Soup of Success program at Elkhart’s Church Community Services. She started a Victorian Tea for at holiday time as a fund raiser. The tea has grown over the years and has become a much-anticipated annual event.
Ruth touches many lives and does so in a variety of ways. She is a wonderful example of making a difference. “Ruth is our neighbor and she is a super neighbor,” says her friends David and Sandi Schreiber. They tell us Ruth “approaches everything with an unparalleled enthusiasm. She always has a kind word for everyone.”
Ruth and husband Don have lived in Elkhart for 35 years. One of their goals is to travel around and visit the more than 150 lighthouses that are found on the coasts of Michigan’s Great Lakes. This summer they are taking an additional step and will serve as volunteer lighthouse keepers for several days at the Cheboygan River Front Range Light. This was arranged through the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association.
We might be accused of sounding negative, but we hope Ruth doesn’t enjoy her experience as a lightkeeper too much. We want her right back here in Elkhart County shining brightly and doing good.