Ruth Iona Callwood was born on 5-31-1961 in Knud Hansen Memorial Hospital in St. Thomas, USVI to Mercedes Hodge and Rueben Callwood. At a young age, Ruth showed a passion for service and found delight in helping others. She spent her childhood in the VI until relocating to Newark, NJ to help take care of her special uncle Kenneth Trotman before his passing.
As a young woman, Ruth found her calling as a School Administrator at the Neighborhood House until her illness forced her retire in her prime. Ruth was happiest taking care of friends and family. She was an accomplished home-chef and baker who spent hours in her kitchen and spent Sunday’s singing in her church’s choir. Most of all, Ruth’s greatest love was being a mother to her son Jarid, who was her pride and joy.
Throughout her life, Ruth focused on helping others above all. She was a lover of people who continued to make new friends even through her illness. Many doctors and nurses remember her fondly and spoke of her fighting spirit, laughter, and joyfulness. She accepted Jesus Christ as her savior at an early age and strove to follow his word and teachings.
Sadly, Our Mother, Sister, Daughter, Friend and Confidante Ruth Iona Callwood took her seat at the right hand of her almighty father on January 22, 2018 after a long illness. She leaves behind a large extended family and a host of friends to mourn: her son Jarid Mills and her loving Mother Mercedes Hodge. Her sisters, Lisa Hodge and Lois Callwood. Her brothers; Floyd Michael Hodge, Elston Peto Hodge, Byron Todman, Clifton Kelly Hodge and Maurice Johnny Hodge, Lamar Callwood, and Ira Callwood. Her special friends include; Arona Testamark, Emmanuel Tetteh, Francine Floyd, Yvonne Willis, Adama Diouf, and Jan Rewald. Special cousins; Jackie Van Houlton, Chelly Connell and Lana Trotman. Her Aunts; Gwendolyn Fludd, Zeathea Milliner, Iona Nibbs, June Van Houlton, Maureen Mercer, and Sharon Ruane. Her Uncles; Olman Connell, Leander Trotman, Alvaris Trotman and Malvern Trotman. She leaves a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, adopted grandkids, loving caretakers, and dozens of friends too numerous to mention.