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             Monday, December 9 2002  

Where are they now?



Ruth (George) Nipps-Troutman in photo taken at Vintondale Homecoming 2002.

Vintondale native Ruth
(George) Nipps-Troutman

Born April 24, 1927, to Delmer and Sara (Williams) George, Ruth is a sister to Ida Mae Lowery, Florida; Bill, California, and Elma Whinnie, deceased. Ruth is a graduate of Vintondale High School where she was voted valedictorian of her 1945 graduating class, and has taken correspondance courses from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

"I took them because I was teaching Sunday school in the Baptist church in Vintondale and just wanted to increase my knowlege of the Bible," she says. Widowed by the death of her first husband, Ronald Nipps, she has been married to Altoona native Robert Troutman since 1984. Ruth is the mother of two biological children. Her son, James Nipps, resides in Hagerstown, Maryland, with his wife Doris and their 23-year-old twin sons, Scott and Tom. "My daughter-in-law has just been sworn in as the newly elected county commissioner of Washington County, Maryland," she says proudly.

Ruth's daughter, Nancy, lives in State College and is a nurse at Geisinger Medical Group. Nancy is the mother of two children; Brenda, 29, and Kevin, 22. "I also have two step-children who have become very dear to me," she says. "Ruth Ann (Troutman) Bell teaches in the Bellefonte School District and Jim Troutman is retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad. Between them, they have three children and two grandchildren."

Ruth has one great grandchild and three step-great grandchildren.

Ruth retired in 1986 from the Prysbeterian Home in Johnstown, where she was a clerk-assistant to the business manager. "After my first husband died, I needed a job and the business manager needed help, and because he suffered from a mobility disorder, I was his arms and legs. I did filing and anything else that he needed done. He was very inspiring, as he remained very active until the day he died," she says.

Ruth left Vintondale in 1972 but has many pleasant memories of her old hometown. "My children were raised there and I was very active in the local PTA organization," she says. As for her childhood memories, "I remember sled riding down third street in the winter, and of course my father had the store, and all of us kids worked there; we had to learn to meet people and be agreeable because the customer was always right!

"People would enjoy living in a nice town like that, and the Ghost Town Trail is a real asset to the area. I miss the friends I made over the years...many are deceased." To read more about Ruth's memories of Vintondale, click here.

A deeply religious person since childhood, Ruth remembers her mother taking her to church camp meetings. "My mother started taking me to camp meeetings when I was three months old, and we went for years...it was a special time. I accepted Jesus as my saviour when I was 13 and have been highly involved in church since then," she says. "I have found that, through the years, the Lord has truly been faithful...He has helped me through some bad times."

Ruth and husband Bob make their home in Johnstown, where they are members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Richland Township. She is a member of the Ann Judson Missionary Circle. (Ann Judson was the wife of one of the first Baptist missionaries to India and, according to Ruth, "She was just a good person").

Anyone wishing to say hello to Ruth can find her at RTrout@FloodCity.net.


If you have a suggestion for a subject for Where Are They Now, please write Judy Rose.

On-the-job dictionary -4

"I TAKE PRIDE IN MY WORK": I blame others for my mistakes.

"I'M PERSONABLE": I give lots of unsolicited personal advice.

"I'M EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL": I carry a Day-Timer.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

We have no great place of beauty in this world—Taj Mahal, Buckingham Palace or the White House—that can compare with the glory that belongs to the true child of God who has known the major miracle, who has been changed by an inward operation of supernatural grace unto an inheritance, a living hope!

—A. W. Tozer
Sent by Judy Martin

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