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Ruth Emmons

Ruth A. Emmons

Sunday, July 12th, 1936 - Friday, June 14th, 2019
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Ruth Anne Emmons, 82 of Ashland, passed away Friday afternoon, June 14, 2019, at Brethren Care Village.

She was born on July 12, 1936, in a cabin on Jackson Ridge in Monroe County on the outskirts of Woodsfield, Ohio. She is the daughter of the late James Edward and Cora Grace (nee Stephens) Stage.

At the age of six, Ruth moved to Ashland, Ohio. She graduated from Ashland High School, Class of 1954. Later in life, she earned an associate's degree in accounting from NCTC. She worked at Creative Cartons, Gilbert’s Furniture, and owner of Thymes Past in the historic Anderson schoolhouse.

Ruth married Carlton Eugene Emmons on December 19, 1954. She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, genealogy, and sewing throughout her life. Ruth was also a member of the Petal Pushers Garden Club, Ohio Genealogy Society, and the Ashland Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society. In her early years, she also served as a leader for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 64 years of marriage, Carlton “Red” Emmons of Ashland; one daughter, Constance (James) Sheppard; two sons, C. Douglas (Barbara) Emmons and Dean Alan (Tammy) Emmons; eight grandchildren, Erik Emmons, Dustin (Katherine) Sheppard, Corinne (Daryl Houle) Sheppard, Anna (Joseph) Smith, Nicole (Derek) Taylor, Sarah (Tim) Marallo, Nathaniel (Lori) Emmons, and Natalie (Kyle) Hauenstein; thirteen great-grandchildren, Reagan, Adalynn, Masen, Ryder, Easton, Abigail, Danica, Keegan, Crosby, Vincent, Sylvie, Leo, and Adalyn; two sisters, Betty Jean Connors and Dorothy Marie Watkins; and foster brothers, David Berry and James "JB" Berry.

In addition to her parents, Ruth is preceded in death by her foster parents, Raymond and Portia Berry; four brothers, John Edward, Jerry Edward, Robert Lloyd, and Richard James; a half-brother, James Edward; and a half-sister, Daisy Jo Barber.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 220 Sandusky Street, with Reverend Michael Namy officiating. Interment will follow at the Ashland County Memorial Park. Friends may call Thursday, June 20, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home and one hour prior to the Friday service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 20th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, June 20th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, June 21st, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, June 21st, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    First United Methodist Church
    220 Sandusky Street
    Ashland, OH 44805
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  • Service

    Friday, June 21st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, June 21st, 2019 11:00am
    First United Methodist Church
    220 Sandusky Street
    Ashland, OH 44805
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    Rev. Michael Namy
  • Interment

    Friday, June 21st, 2019 |
    Friday, June 21st, 2019
    Ashland County Memorial Park
    1058 US 250
    Ashland, OH 44805
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Janet Shearer

Posted at 01:46pm
We tried once before to send. I remember Ruth at Thymes Past. Always willing to help in anyway. She and her daughter made us a hand made corn husk wreath that we still have today. God was ready to receive her with open hands.
God bless the family and prayers to you.
Jerry & Janet Shearer

Alice Fetzer

Posted at 11:38am
I'm sorry I could not make it to the calling hours for the funeral service I have known Ruth forever and we thought we might even be relatives I'm so sorry to know that she's no longer here I will miss her.
Alice Kenney Fetzer

April Martin

Posted at 11:47am
Mr. Emmons, Doug, Dean and Connie and families -
Spring and I are so sorry for your loss.
We are thinking of all of you at this time.
Hugs and prayers to you all.

Posted at 05:23pm
Dear Mr. Emmons, Connie, Dean, and Doug (and all family members): I want to express my deepest sympathy for the passing of Mrs. Emmons. She was a very special lady! I enjoyed getting to know her over the years! She was such an involved person in her life activities and her work! I admired her! I'm so very sorry I will not be able to come to the viewing or the funeral, but PLEASE feel the big hug I'm sending your way. I know these last several years have been difficult for her and you as a family. I'm glad that she can move on and be back to the Mrs. Mom Emmons I knew growing up! In my thoughts and prayers. Kate Keets

Terri Hudson

Posted at 09:42pm
Peace, Prayers and Blessings,
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