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Ruth A. (nee Gray) Mottern

Obituary for Ruth A. (nee Gray) Mottern

October 28, 1929 - March 18, 2017
Norristown, Pennsylvania | Age 87


Ruth A. Mottern (nee Gray), known by her family and friends as Arlene, a lifelong resident of Norristown, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery with her sons by her side. She was 87 years old. Arlene was born on October 28, 1929 to the late Alvin R. Gray, Sr. and Ruth E. (nee Cooper) Gray in Norristown where she spent her whole life. She graduated from Norristown Area High School in 1947 and married the late Austin D. Mottern, Sr. in 1951 who passed away in 2003.

Arlene was an active member of the Olivet-Schwenkfelder United Church of Christ, having served as the churches Office Manager. She was also a volunteer of Disabled American Veterans and with her husband Austin, volunteered at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Arlene also enjoyed travelling and taking bus trips with her family and friends.

Arlene is survived by her two sons, David R. Mottern and Richard A. Mottern as well as her brother, Alvin R. Gray, Jr. She was preceded in death by her son Austin D. Mottern, Jr. and her brother, Donald Gray. Arlene also leaves to cherish her memory many friends as well as her church family.

Relatives and friends are invited to Arlene's Life Celebration on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 10:00-10:50 a.m. at Olivet-Schwenkfelder United Church of Christ, 619 Township Line Rd. Eagleville, PA 19403 followed by her funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations in Arlene's name may be made to either the church at the above address or to the American Heart Association at

To share a thought or a memory of Arlene, please visit Family services are entrusted under the care of Boyd-Horrox-Givnish of East Norriton. 1-800-GIVNISH.

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  • Olivet-Schwenkfelder United Church of Christ
    619 Township Line Rd.
    Eagleville, PA 19403

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Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

200 West Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401
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