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Ruth Anne Bond

Ruth Anne Bond passed over on Thursday December 31, 2020 at 10:35pm at the Emmanuel Center in Danville, PA.  She had been rehabilitating there after suffering a stroke in October and contracted COVID-19, which ultimately took her life. 

She was born to Carroll and Katherine (Beard) Bond on July 15, 1935 in Pana, Illinois. 

She was a graduate of Pana High School, she earned her BA in Health and Physical Education from Wheaton College, Wheaton IL and her MA in Personnel and Guidance from Montclair State College, NJ. In 2006 Ruth Anne was inducted into the Pana High School Wall of Fame.

Ruth Anne dedicated her life to education. She worked as a guidance counselor in Saddle Brook NJ, a social worker in Geneva, Illinois and Spanish Harlem, NYC.  She worked at a variety of summer camps from Wisconsin to Massachusetts before beginning her career in higher education.

At William Patterson College, NJ she was the assistant registrar for 5 years.  She then migrated west to Bloomsburg State College/University, Bloomsburg, PA, where she worked for 14 years, retiring in 1991.  

Ruth Anne was an instructor and counselor in the Center for Academic Development at Bloomsburg University of PA. She then became the first director of the TRIO Upward Bound Program.  A job she always said was the pinnacle of her professional career. During that time Ruth Anne was an active member of PA TRIO. She was the Vice President of PA TRIO. She participated in Policy Seminar many times and attended countless state, regional and national conferences. 

While at Bloomsburg University of PA she served on various committees and advised the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Upward Bound Alumni Association. 

Her focus was empowerment. Accolades from former students continue to express their love and admiration.  Ruth Anne recognized that every interaction she had was an opportunity to make a positive impact.

Angela McCloskey wrote this heartfelt tribute. "The world lost another beautiful soul, a dear friend, a true influencer before that was a thing, a mentor, a teacher, an infectious smile, a happy joyful woman with an honest laugh, eyes filled with laughter and hope for all the stories she has gathered over time. Those who loved her, that list is many, their lives changed, because she was present in every moment, because she lived as she was meant to, true to herself and with hopeful open arms and a gracious heart. 

Those who loved her, will never be the same, and the world feels a sense of loss for the many who never had a chance to meet her sweet soul."

Retirement was just the next chapter and adventure in her life. She learned to fly. She learned to play the piano.  She did crisis work for CMSU and served on the board of the Caring Community for AIDS.

Although Ruth Anne grew up a Brooklyn Dodger fan, she converted to a Pittsburgh Pirate fan enjoying many games at PNC Park. She also loved going to Heinz Field to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers and loved being at the game when the team won Super Bowl XL. She was looking forward to attending the Stanley Cup parade the next time the Pittsburgh Penguins win. She was a big fan of women's basketball, especially the WNBA. When she wasn’t watching sports, you could find her golfing, swimming, x-country or downhill skiing. 

Her love of travel took her to 45 of the 50 states. Her overseas travel took her to Ireland, England, Iceland and Norway. She swam in the Blue Lagoon, saw Queen Elizabeth and shopped for Belleek Irish porcelain in County Fermanagh. Cruising the fjords of Norway, was a lifelong dream; as was seeing polar bears in their natural habitat in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. She loved any body of water, her favorite being the coast of Maine, where she spent her summers. 

Ruth Anne is survived by her spouse, Maureen L. Mulligan; her sister-in-law, Susan Kent of Mechanicsburg, PA, brothers-in-law Bill Mulligan and his wife Leslie of Pittsburgh, PA, Bob Mulligan of Bentleyville, PA and Gerry Mulligan of Pittsburgh, PA; her cousins Becky (Bond) and her husband Roy Billiter, of Pana, IL; Dennis Pullium of Decatur, IL, Richard Beard and wife Cathy (Holley) of Pana, IL. And nieces and nephews and many, many more cousins and friends from Maine to California and Florida to Washington. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Carroll and Katherine, who lived to be 100, something Ruth Anne was hoping to do. Also, cousin  Bonnie (Robertson) Pullium.

Celebrations of life will take place in Illinois and Bloomsburg, PA when we can gather together safely. 

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made in Ruth Anne's memory to the Southern Poverty Law Center in Atlanta, GA (donate.splcenter.org) or the Upward Bound Scholarship at Bloomsburg University. (http://giving.bloomu.edu/donate/give-now).

"You will teach them to fly, but they will not fly your flight. You will teach them to dream, but they will not dream your dream. You will teach them to live, but they will not live your life. Nevertheless, in every flight, in every life, in every dream, the print of the way you taught them will remain."  Mother Teresa

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA.

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Ruth Anne was a joy to all who had the privilege to know her. Her obituary is a perfect description of the kind of person we have lost.

John Baird Jan 18 2021 12:00 AM

I knew Ruth Anne as a boss, mentor, and friend. She was always cheerful and easygoing. but she had her finger on everything at Upward Bound and made sure everyone was on track. Later, when I had the opportunity to lead another TRIO program, Ruth Anne was always my role model. She made a difference in many lives, certainly in mine and my daughters. We will all miss you, Ruth Anne, and we wont forget you. My prayers and condolences to Maureen.

Priscilla Dunn Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

I came to know Ruth Anne through my friend, Maureen. It was clear that both of them had a passion for education, for the full development of the students in their care. That was a shared value for all three of us. I also know that she brought enormous happiness and fulfillment into Maureen's life amd that Maureen's dedicationt to her in these last weeks was a mirror of that profound love. May Ruth Anne know a new life that is present to us, even if we cannot see or feel her near. may Maureen experience the inner serenity of knowing that her love will always be a guiding force that even death cannot destroy.
Sr Margaret Carney

Margaret Carney OSF Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

"Hello. this is Ruth Anne." That's how our many phone conversations started. She was my friend since 1975 and shared many trips to Illinois, Maine, South Carolina and countless journeys to BU women's basketball games. Over the years we have hunted wildlife, (with cameras) and held the paws of a twenty year old cat who was crossing the rainbow bridge. Ruth Anne's family and mine were forever intertwined, to our mutual benefit. Having Maureen and Ruth Anne as summer neighbors in Maine has been a recent blessing. We are all so grateful to have had Ruth Anne's love and brightness in our lives. I shall miss my dear friend deeply and forever.

Susan J. Hibbs Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy to Maureen and the rest of Ruth Anne's family who we hope can take some comfort in the fact that you all have made her life happy. Her cheerful wit, intelligence, and compassion made the rest of us, including her myriad students throughout the years, happy, too. Our sons have many wonderful memories of "Miss Ruth Anne" and their adventures with Upward Bound. Rest in peace, Ruth Anne; your spirit will always be with us.

Floyd and Jan Walters Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

I'm so sad and shocked to pick up a paper on a trip to Bloomsburg and see that Ruth Anne has passed away.

I will never forget that she took the time to take me to the Library of Congress when none of the TC's would take me. We hopped a bus in Washington and spent an hour there. I remember what a thrill it was for me and the reverence I felt. She just listened to me chatter, give its history and smiled. That memory is precious and still means more to me than I could ever tell her.

I will miss her greatly and hope that I did the same for my students in the years since. It is shame that I won't get to see her one last time to say goodbye.


Dawn Renn Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

I will miss the laughter and joy that Ruth Anne carried with her into any space she entered. The way she embraced life and people challenged me to become a better person and encouraged me to approach every moment with an expectation of something wonderful. She also challenged me to face conflict and difficult decisions with fairness and firmness, but love for the person I was confronting. My heartfelt condolences, love and prayers go out to Maureen as she learns to walk this life without Ruth Anne's physical presence.

Monya Tsiknas Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM