Ruth Threlkeld – September 2020
Ruth Threlkeld has been a CASA Volunteer since November 2018. She found CASA when googling the terms “mission child work” and she promptly applied. Ruth just wrapped up her first case which was a successful reunification between an adolescent girl and her mother. Ruth started her case in Columbia in 2018 but ended up driving 2 hrs both ways to visit her child and her mother. Ruth said it made her very happy to help reunify the family. Knowing that the family was stretched thin for resources, Ruth often brought groceries from her local food bank when visiting the family. That speaks volumes about who Ruth is daily.
Ruth has been married to her husband, Edward Threlkeld, for 43 years; they have 2 sons, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Ruth had a very successful career as a Nurse Practitioner and is now retired. Although she said, “My husband and I don’t really know what retirement is!” and this is true. She and Edward are very active in their church, Sturgeon Methodist Church, about 4 days a week. They volunteer with the food bank – “our idea of fun is to go to the food bank”, where they help about 180 families every month. Ruth is also a lay pastor at the church.
Ruth’s ability to pastor and her ability to connect with people have really helped her in her role as a CASA. She continues to have phone contact with the family she helped to reunify because they find her guidance and counsel helpful. Ruth looks forward to her next case and continuing to change another child’s story.