Lifelong Cullman resident Inez Eidson Ruehl passes at 102

Inez Ruehl at her 100th birthday celebration at Westminster Assisted Living. (Photos contributed)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Tribune is sad to learn of the passing of Mrs. Inez Eidson Ruehl of Cullman on Sunday, October 3. Mrs. Ruehl was 102 years old and had a tremendous impact on the Cullman community. She was a long-time member of St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church. 

Mrs. Ruehl was a 1937 graduate of Fairview High School and while working at Colonial Poultry Farm, she met Herman Ruehl who she would later marry in 1941. They had three children: Ruth, Herman Jr. and Martha Jane. In 1958, she would experience a terrible tragedy when her husband and daughter Martha were killed in a car accident. 

After her retirement in 1980, she co-founded Christmas Love with her friend Loreen Scott. The organization was established to assist needy families and children in the Cullman community. She was also a charter member of the Pilot Light House where she served as secretary/treasurer for many years, as well as a member of the board of directors. 

The land she and her husband owned was the original location of the Weiss Cottage, Cullman’s oldest house. Inez donated the cottage to the City of Cullman in 1976. She had only asked that Weiss Cottage be relocated. It was then moved to its current location on First Avenue Southeast for all to visit and enjoy. 

Funeral arrangements have not been announced at this time. 

Inez and Mayor Woody Jacobs at her 100th birthday celebration  (Photos contributed)

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Christy Perry