Ruth Theodora Kormendy Nagy, 91, listed in Who’s Who of American Woman

Ruth Theodora Kormendy Nagy, of Cayce, went home to be with her Lord on Nov. 11, 2015, at the age of 91.

Ruth was born on Feb. 7, 1924, in Freeport (Long Island), New York. She was the daughter of John D. and Isabel Anna Kormendy. Her mother died when Ruth was three and her stepmother from age 5 was Yolanda Kovacs Kormendy. She attended Freeport High School, where she graduated with honors and received a scholarship to the International Correspondence School. Later in life she also attended Midlands Tech and the University of South Carolina.

From age 14, she assisted both a public accountant and her father with bookkeeping for local businesses and worked after graduation from high school for nine years in the corporate accounting department of a commercial finance company in New York City. After marrying in May 1945, she was a homemaker and devoted mother. Her family lived for several years in Racine, Wisconsin and Columbus, Ohio before moving to Cayce in 1965. Shortly after moving to Cayce, she began keeping books for local businesses.

In 1968 she added income tax preparation to her business and she owned several offices doing income tax preparation work for 21 years. After she sold her business she continued to do income tax preparation as she had many loyal clients who insisted that she prepare their returns. She became an enrolled agent before the IRS in 1979 and maintained that designation until her early 80s.

She was listed in Who’s Who of American Woman and was a charter member and past president, of the South Carolina Tax Council. She was formally recognized for her service to that organization by the South Carolina state senate in June 1997.

Her hobbies included gardening, reading, crafts and rock hunting. She was a life member of the South Carolina Gem & Mineral Society and served for many years as treasurer. Most importantly of all, Ruth was a dedicated member of Broadacres Baptist Church where she faithfully served the Lord and her brothers and sisters in Christ. She was honored by her church as Woman of the Year in 2013.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Gustave J. Nagy.

She is survived by her brother, John Kormendy, of Plainfield, New Jersey; son, Robert J. Nagy (Rebecca), of Charleston; daughter, Patricia J. Nagy, of Batesburg; son, Gerald J. Nagy, of West Columbia; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia. A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at Broadacres Baptist Church in Cayce with burial following the service at Southland Memorial Gardens.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Broadacres Baptist Church, 2350 Taylor Road, Cayce, SC 29033.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Thompson Funeral Home.

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