Ruth Altomere was a kind and loving woman who always had a smile for people, said her daughter, Stephanie Ezell.
“She was loved, and she affected so many people,” Ezell said. “She was nonjudgmental.”
Ruth Altomere, 57, of Merrillville, died Nov. 7. She had worked for the Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus and R-Place Restaurant. She was a 1974 graduate of Merrillville High School.
Ezell said her mother enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her family and friends.
She was an excellent mother and grandmother, Ezell said.
“She was very down-to-earth,” she said.
Altomere’s parenting philosophy was to let her children make their own mistakes and be there for them.
“She wanted us to learn from those mistakes,” she said. “She taught us to never judge people, and to never hold a grudge.”
Altomere was honest and hardworking. She valued helping others.
“Mom was not by any means wealthy,” she said. “But she showed her wealth by how she treated people.”
Despite the fact she struggled with cancer, she never let others know if she was having a bad day, her daughter said.
“She was always smiling,” she said.
Ezell said she inherited her mother’s constant smile.
“When people comment on the fact I smile a lot, it always makes me think of her,” she said.