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Dorothy Ruth Philhower

September 25, 1929 - February 25, 2023

Burial Date February 25, 2023

Funeral Home Layton Funeral Home

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Dorothy Ruth Philhower passed away peacefully at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown on Saturday, February 25, 2023.  She was 93 years old.

Ruth was born in Morristown and spent most of her childhood in Basking Ridge.  She married Earl E. Philhower on Nov. 1, 1947, and was married for 72 years before his passing in August 2020.

The couple lived  in Long Valley for most of their lives.

Prior to her retirement, Ruth was employed as the assistant to the Washington Township clerk.

She was a member of the Fairmount Presbyterian Church.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Anna M. Bennett and Harry G. Bennett; five siblings; her husband, Earl E. Philhower; and a son, David A. Philhower.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth E. Philhower of Pasadena, MD and Donald E. Philhower of Basking Ridge; two daughters-in-law, Susan Philhower of Basking Ridge and Vicki Philhower of Rockaway; a granddaughter, Kimberly Desmond of Ithaca, NY; four grandsons, Brent Philhower of Scotch Plains, Jacob Philhower of Madison, WS, Bennett Philhower and Daniel Philhower both of Rockaway; and three great-grandchildren.

A private celebration of Ruth’s life will be held for family members.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Ruth Philhower to Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 247 Old Turnpike Road, Califon, NJ  07830.