Ruth Nikitscher Williams

Ruth Nikitscher Williams, born May 6, 1939 in Allentown Pennsylvania, died on October 11, 2023 at Lancaster General Hospital.

Ruth was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Seier) Nikitscher. She graduated from Millersville University with a degree in education.

With her husband Stan, she enjoyed many happy years on their farm, renovating houses, riding horses and traveling. Ruth taught fifth grade at Lafayette Elementary School, in the Lancaster School District, for most of her career. She was dedicated to her students and gave them a unique, safe and exciting environment in which to enjoy learning. Ruth put her heart and soul into each day to create word games, fun activities and interesting projects for her students. The yearly school plays she directed were award winning. Even though she ran a strict classroom, she was the teacher who every student longed to have. Through the years she received many beautiful letters of thanks from students who had her as their teacher. She saved each letter and remembered each student with pride.

In her retirement years, she especially loved her daily walks, or hikes as they actually were, with her friends and her beloved dog, McGee. Ruth also enjoyed watching hummingbirds and chasing monarch butterflies.

She is predeceased by her parents, her husband, Stan, her sister, Evelyn Schinski, and her sister, Edna Economy. She is survived by her brother-in-law, Don Schinski, loving nieces and nephews, wonderful and supportive friends, and her loving dog, McGee.

There will be a Celebration of Life to honor Ruth Williams on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at 12:00 PM at Osbornia Farm, 74 Clendenin Road, Quarryville, PA. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend to share their memories of Ruth.

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  • Mrs. Williams was one of my teachers at Lafayette, and one who helped make a difference in students lives. She was always encouraging and helped me get situated since I was new to the school. Prayers to her family, RIP Mrs.Williams.

  • Ruth and I shared many breakfasts together, usually at the Willow Street Diner. I enjoyed our conversations which often included which audiobook to listen to next, what new bird we happened upon or new hiking trails to try. Ruth was quite a character but I enjoyed our conversations and her stories about teaching and her adventures with McGee. Now she can hike pain free! miss you Ruth

  • My condolences to Ruth’s family.
    I taught with Ruth at Lafayette. She was the best! (Not only in teaching but, as a fellow educator) She was always upbeat and dedicated.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Ruth & Stan were my neighbors my whole life. Ruth & I shared may days together riding horses. She was full of life and never missed an opportunity to tell you exactly what was on her mind. NO ONE could tell a story like Ruth. Rest in peace my friend. xx

  • Mrs. Williams was the teacher who made a difference. She made a major impact on everyone she knew or touched .As a typical kid who thought of school as boring she created an experience that encouraged me to get to school. Everything about her was a model of what a human being should be, what an educator should be. Her’s was a life well lived. Rest easy Mrs.Williams.

  • I am going to miss my hiking friend who became so much more than that over the years. She shared so much about her early life including teaching stories, memories of the orphanage, fox hunt anecdotes, and her adventures with family and friends,
    . I remain amazed at her resilience, love for her family and friends, and ornery streak! Rest in Peace my dear friend.

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