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Ruth Elizabeth Champion Glover

Ruth Elizabeth Champion Glover
  • October 12, 1926 - June 24, 2017
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Carolina Youth Development Center
    5055 Lackawanna Blvd.
    N. Charleston, SC 29405

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“Lydia and Linda, we were all saddened to hear of your mother's death. Several of your JIHS classmates shared memories. Would one of you give me a...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Glenn Rhodes Webb - Folly Beach, SC

“Lydia, Lynda, and Ruthann's, I a man writing with a very heavy heart as I just found out of the passing of your mom! As her "adopted" daughter, I am...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Alonda Guilbeau - Lafayette, LA

“Lydia & Family, Your Mother Ruth was a dear friend of my mother's Flora P.Condon. Both were energetic, dynamic women who were pioneers in their time....Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Nanette Piccirillo - Charleston, SC

“Dear Lydia, I had the pleasure of meeting and hearing about your mother on a few occasions with Betty Carnes. She was a remarkable woman! My prayers...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Kennedy - Charleston, SC

“In respect for a person of service, cross-island leader, and charming presence, Ruth will be remembered for her inspiration to us all.Gene...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Gene Corrigan - Charleston, SC

“Dear Lydia, I am extremely saddened by the grieved news of the loss of your mother. After everything you did to help build my career, I wanted to ...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Gary Smith - Greer, SC

“As a senior cadet at The Citadel I was invited to attend a Republican Party meeting where Ruth greeted me and asked me to lead the Pledge of...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Richard Chalk - SC

“Dear Lydia, Jim & I are so very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Jim remembers her fondly however I never had the pleasure of personally...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Jim & Gloria Hayes - james island, SC

“Thoughts and prayers to all of you. Such a huge loss for all of us touched by Aunt Ruth's loving spirit. She always provided great wisdom and...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Wendy Isgett - Goose Creek, SC

“Lydia, heart and prayers go out to you and your family on Ms. Ruth's passing. She was my grandmother's best friend and they were quite a pair! Loved...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Wendi Leasure - Mckinney, TX

“Lydia,Condolences for the loss of your mother and a friend of all. Ruth was a political icon and widely respected by many.'TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Ron Cook - Lexington, SC

“So sorry for you loss. Prayers for peace and comfort during your time of grief. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Pacita Whatley - NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

“Sorry to hear about your mother, Ruth Anne. You and your family are in our prayers. Your brother and sister from Puerto Rico, Kelvin y Linda ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Kelvin and Linda Morales Bayamon

“Ruth Glover was truly a Grand Lady and one of a kind who accomplished so much throughout here life and work in Charleston. She had the uncanny...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Tula Davis - Charleston, SC

“Thoughts and prayers for all of you. I will miss your moms joyful greeting "Hallelujah,Amen" as I saw her. I am sorry to hear of her passing. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Naomi Mazzell - Johns Island, SC

“Dear Lynda, Lydia, Ruth Anne and dear Glover-Hammes family. I met Mrs. Glover when I was only 20 years old and she made a deep impression on me with...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Elba Vazquez - Carlina - Friend

“So many memories! Lynda, Lydia, Ruth Anne, I am extremely sorry to know of your Mothers' passing. She was, and always will be, a grand lady. Please...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Shirley Rodgers - Atlanta, GA


Ruth Elizabeth Champion Glover, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, entered eternal happiness with God our Father, at home with her family on James Island on June 24, 2017. Her funeral service will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 in Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth Street at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Live Oak Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun Street from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Ruth was born Oct. 12, 1926, the daughter of Joseph David and Alice Letitia Spell Champion. Ruth Champion married U.S. Navy veteran Francis St. Clair Glover of Charleston on April 12, 1947, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. They were blessed with 3 daughters, Lynda, Lydia and Ruth-Anne.

Ruth and her sister Ruby (Hanf Hetrick) lived with their parents in Charleston, and later entered the Charleston Orphan House, where "Babe Ruth" played shortstop for the Charleston Butterflies girls softball team, and also won the Bennett School Gold Medal for Scholarship, Attendance, Conduct. A graduate of Memminger High School, and Stokes (Palmer) Business School, Ruth then held administrative positions at MUSC and Bell Telephone Systems.

Ruth was an active member of The Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul. She was awarded the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto by Governor James B. Edwards. Ruth served her community as Chairman of both the Charleston County Election Commission and the James Island Public Service District Commission. She was elected to serve on Charleston County Council. Politically, she was elected as a South Carolina delegate to 3 Republican National Conventions. She served as Chairman of both the Charleston County Republican Party and the First Congressional District Republican Party. Mrs. Glover held membership in the National Assoc. of Women in Construction, American Business Women's Assoc., Toastmasters, League of Women Voters, and local Republican Women's Clubs. She retired from Dodge Reports/ McGraw-Hill Information Systems as District Architectural & Construction News Reporter and Plan Room Manager.

Ruth Champion Glover championed the many people she befriended, as well as the causes she embraced. Her civic-mindedness and outspokenness encouraged people to take active roles of dialogue and participation in their community and government, throughout Charleston, the Lowcountry and the state of South Carolina.

Ruth is survived by her three daughters: Lynda G. Leonard, Lydia E. Glover, and Ruth-Anne G. Hammes (Roman B. Hammes, III) Also surviving are her grandchildren: Michel Hammes (Cary Jones), Rutledge Hammes (Tiffany), Andrew Hammes (Jacqueline), Roman Hammes (Jennifer), Claire H. Loy (Brandon), Dayne Hammes, Abram Hammes and Drayton Hammes; and eight great-grandchildren. They treasure fond memories of her abounding wonder, captivating storytelling, and whimsical ways! Ruth endeared herself to many acquaintances and family members with her joyful resounding of "Hallelujah! Amen!"

Memorials may be made to Carolina Youth Development Center, 5055 Lackawanna Blvd, N. Charleston, SC 29405 or Lowcountry Lutheran Hospice, 1885 Rifle Range Rd., Suite 46, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.