Ruth Furnace, 54, of Norfolk, passed away peacefully on Friday March 20, 2015 after a hard fought battle against ALS. Ruth was born in Garland, TX the daughter of the late Floyd Fowble and Roberta Smith and predeceased by a sister, Jacqueline Ludwig. Ruth is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 27 years, Chris Furnace; children, Denise Borte David, of Norfolk, Mark Gowan Carla, of Virginia Beach, Brandi Gowan, of Virginia Beach, and Michael Gowan, of Loyalhanna, PA; grandchildren, David “Trey” Borte, Quinn Borte, Ethan Borte, Bennett Borte, Nevaeh Bryson, and Carmine Trout; sister Brenda Milling, of Ocala, FL; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and extended family. A funeral service will be held Friday, March 27, 2015 at 1:00pm in Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 to 1:00 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to ALS Walk To Defeat Virginia Beach event for team Fowble Fighters Against ALS. Condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com.