Darby Ruoss

Obituary of Darby Lee Ruoss

Darby Lee Ruoss, 41, of Schwenksville, PA, passed away on March 15, 2022, at Phoenixville Hospital. Born in Pottstown, PA, on March 16, 1980, Darby was the daughter of George Charles Ruoss Jr. and Kathleen Cope Ruoss.


Darby graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School in 1998 and later received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. Having just moved back to Pennsylvania from Massachusetts in June of 2020, Darby had worked as an accountant for Jacquet Mid Atlantic. Outside of work, Darby also sold Younique beauty products and filmed many “Get Ready with Me” makeup tutorials on Facebook. She was a multi-talented woman who, over the years, learned to play several instruments, had a passion for photography, loved crafting and painting with her family, and killed it on karaoke nights. Although Darby’s career and hobbies brought her joy, her greatest satisfaction in life came from raising her precious daughter, Thalia. 

Darby was a sensitive and compassionate person with a bright and gregarious personality, who was always willing to fight for the underdog. Everywhere she went, she made friends. Always ready to lend a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to listen, Darby knew how to make people feel cared for and supported. Darby’s vibrant and loving presence will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Darby is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Thalia Janson Hernandez; her partner, Ernesto Hernandez; her sister and brother-in-law, Jamie and Christopher Witzel; her brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Peggy Ruoss; her paternal grandparents, George and Ruth Ruoss Sr.; Ernesto’s mother, Diana Hernandez; Ernesto’s sister, Gina Hernandez; her nieces and nephews, Callie, Casey, Brian Jr., Kylie, and Gage, as well as the many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who will miss Darby deeply. Darby was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Clarence and Florence Cope Jr.


Visitation will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Houck & Gofus Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 955 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, PA 19464. A Life Celebration will follow at 12:00 p.m. Please come dressed to celebrate the light that Darby wasnot to mourn the darkness she leaves behind.


A webcast of Darby’s services will also be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. Please visit https://houckgofusfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/1636/Darby-Ruoss/obituary.html#tribute-start and click on the “Webcast” tab to view the webcast. If you have any questions, please call (610) 323-8220.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Darby’s memory to support her daughter, Thalia. All donations received will be co-managed by Darby’s siblings and Thalia’s father. Funds received will be solely used to support Thalia’s future educational and financial needs. Donations can be made via Venmo (@jamiewitzel) or by check mailed to: Jamie Witzel, 138 Gerloff Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473. Please indicate “Donation for Thalia” on Venmo or make checks payable to Thalia Hernandez. Please email jwitzel34@gmail.com with any questions.