2011-04-02 / Obituaries

Nonda Lou (nee Ruckman) Surratt

A reception to celebrate the life of Nonda Lou (nee Ruckman) Surratt will be held from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on Friday April 1, 2011, in The Dawes Arboretum’s Firelight Room with a Service of Remembrance at 2:30 p.m., Pastor Tom Myers presiding.

Nonda, age 56, of Hebron, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011, at Licking Memorial Hospital. She was born July 22, 1954, in Newark, to her parents James V. and Marguerite (Taylor) Ruckman. She graduated from Newark High School. While a student she was a member of the 4H Club and the Licking County Raiders and Rough Riders. She was also a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and competed in equestrian events throughout Ohio. Her love for animals and the outdoors were the corner stones of Nonda’s life. She volunteered with the State of Ohio as a wildlife rehabilitator and did speaking engagements for the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition to her love of animals, she was an avid outdoor photographer.

Nonda is survived by her loving husband and fellow outdoor enthusiast, Donald W. Surratt; her loving mother, Marguerite Miller and step-father, Russell D. Miller; a great aunt; cousins; and many friends who shared her love for animals and the outdoors.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, tributes and memorial gifts in Nonda’s name be given to Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Road S.E., Newark, OH 43056; the place Nonda was so fond of and brought her peace of mind - or charity of donor’s choice.

The Surratt family request on-line condolences via: www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com and clicking obituaries/view full details/guest book entry.

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