January 9, 2015
Although the Skyline Chili location on Warsaw Avenue lacks the ambiance of the original Glenway Avenue location, the CCU hangout maintained one constant over the years: Ruth the waitress. Last week marked a changing of the guard for the restaurant as Ruth finally retired to help care for her husband. Ruth served thousands of CCU alumni and friends over the decades and current students and staff will miss her presence there. CCU alumnus Nate Kline (BA ’11, MA ’14) did some research on Ruth a few years ago and we’re excited to share it with you now. To keep up with her, updates are available on her Facebook page. Enjoy retirement, Ruth!
There are many things in Cincinnati considered to be “iconic,” such as Montgomery Inn, Fountain Square and even Pete Rose. But what about a waitress?
For over thirty-eight years, Ruth, has been an icon at the Skyline Chili restaurant in Price Hill. Her legend reigns supreme over the students, staff and alumni of Cincinnati Christian University. But how exactly did she become the Ruth we all know and love?
Ruth was reared near another Cincinnati landmark—Lunken Airport. Later she attended a Roman Catholic School in nearby Northern Kentucky. It was there that she decided to join a convent.
Shortly after joining the convent, Ruth and her father went to a celebration at her church. While there, her father introduced her to a priest named Brother Lawrence (no, not that Brother Lawrence) who connected her with his nephew named Gene. Ruth fell in love with Gene, left the convent and married him. They immediately settled in Price Hill.
It was nearly sixty-six years ago when Ruth and Gene moved onto Patrick Drive. The couple adopted two children and Ruth began to search for opportunities to increase their income. Even though she was already a bookkeeper, Ruth began working some night shifts at the local Skyline Chili to make some extra money. She’s been there ever since.
While working evenings at Skyline, Ruth has built relationships with hundreds of Cincinnati Christian University students. Everyone speaks highly of “Ms. Ruth” and her hard work and servants heart is still evident today. Often, Ruth will hold hands in prayer with the students of CCU, lifting up requests alongside them.
Ruth’s dedication to her family and to the Lord has made her a legendary figure on the campus, conjuring up memories of wonderful conversations and tremendous encouragement. Ruth will forever be an “icon” to the people of CCU.