Ludie Runell Ignash was reunited with her late husband John, and entered the gates of heaven on September 9, 2021. Now, Ludie, who battled the brutal disease of Alzheimer’s, is at rest, and we hold her close within us. Ludie was born on August 16, 1938, to Ellie and Hettie Williford in Kennebec, NC. At 17, she met and married the love of her life, John J. Ignash. They traveled the world as John was in the Army and were blessed with 6 children, with whom they shared their lives. Upon retiring from the Army, they chose Columbus, Ohio as their civilian home. Ludie is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, John J. Ignash; her parents, Ellie & Hettie Williford; her brother Ellsworth (Joyce) Williford, who was killed in Vietnam; sisters Isabelle Ross, Gaynell Amburn, Pernell Williford, & Clarabelle Williford; as well as other in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. What a joyous celebration of reunion she is experiencing in Heaven! She is survived by her children Runa (Greg) Melick, Jeannie Ignash, Tammy (Torsten) Krings, Donny Ignash, Danny Ignash, and Ellie (Jonnie) Hite; her dear sister Dianne White; grandchildren, John (Elizabeth) Melick, Becky (Nate) Cline, Aaron (Cassi) Melick, Sydny (Scott) Wildermuth, Zach Phillips, Donny Ball, Cody Troilo, Sophie Krings, Connor Krings, Shane Ignash, Danica Ignash, Corey (Kristin) Hite, Katie (Dylan) Sellers, Madison Hite, and Megan Hite; 15 great grandchildren; and countless other family members and friends. Ludie was an experienced & creative seamstress who had a passion for dance and performing arts. She once said that when she made it to heaven she planned to "..sew up some new costumes for the angel’s choir"! She loved her children & grandchildren fiercely and enjoyed time spent with them. Having left her home, at the age of 17, to marry John, Ludie always missed her North Carolina home and returned there often to visit with friends and family. Anyone that ever visited her and left after dark, knew that after a very extended southern goodbye, she would blink the porch light 3 times to symbolize “I love you” as you were pulling away. Tonight we will all blink our lights 3 times for her. While she will be forever missed, we know that she is now happy and healthy. This is not a final goodbye, but a see you later. Her family will receive friends on Saturday, September 18, from 9:30am – 10:30am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 5684 Groveport Rd, Groveport, OH 43125, with her funeral mass to follow at 10:30am. Graveside service to follow at Asbury Cemetery. Ludie’s family would like to thank all of the caring staff at The Ridge Nursing Facility as well as the Fairhope Hospice Staff for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ludie’s memory may be made to Fairhope Hospice, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl.17, Chicago, IL 60601.
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