Ruth Evelyn Butler

August 05, 1925 ‒ August 23, 2007

Sparta, Ohio

Ruth Evelyn Butler, age 82, of Sparta, died on Thursday morning, August 23, 2007, at the Morning View Care Center in Centerburg.

She was born in Mount Liberty, Ohio, on August 5, 1925, the daughter of the late Marion and Mildred Taylor Duston. Ruth graduated from Sparta High School in the class of 1943.

Shortly following her graduation on March 16, 1944, Ruth married her loving husband of 63 years, James Allen Butler. Together they built their residence in Sparta, where they called home for over 60 years. They shared a love of dancing, camping and traveling. Ruth died of a broken heart not wanting to be without James who preceded her in death on June 3, 2007.

With the talent of playing music by ear, Ruth played the organ and piano at the Sparta Advent Christian Church, where she was a member and served as secretary of the W.F.A.M. Also, she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Evelyn Chapter # 146.

A charter member of the “Early Riser” bowling league, Ruth was fond of her morning gatherings with her friends.

Dedicating her entire life to her family, Ruth was always there when they needed her. She was a caring homemaker, not only looking after James, she also took care of his bookkeeping at Jim’s TV shop. For her daughter Peggy, she was a deeply loving mother and grandmother, even making her clothes when she was younger. In her parents later years, she made them feel comfortable, loved and cared for.

With a fondness for the outdoors, Ruth found peace in tending to her yard and flowers.

Ruth will be missed by her daughter: Peggy (Gary) Jennings of Mount Gilead; two grandchildren: Stacey (Chuck) Treisch and Leaha Nichols; three great-grandchildren: Nicholas & Bryce Treisch, and Zoey Nichols; two brothers: Richard (Pauline) Duston of Mount Vernon and Dale (Mickey) Duston of Chesterville; two sisters: Mary Morningstar of Mount Vernon and Donna (Darwin) Horn of Newton Falls; sister-in-law: June Bender of Marion; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Ruth was preceded in death by three brothers: Earl, Gerald, and Harold Duston; and four sisters: Pauline Boyd, Blanche Rogers, Jeanette Oyster, and Dorothy Rogers.

Graveside inurnment services will be held on Wednesday, August 29, at 11:00 a.m. at Bloomfield Cemetery in Sparta, with Pastors Don Lockwood and Carl Hankins officiating. Eastern star services will immediately follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 3380 Tremont Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43221, or to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus, Ohio 43218.

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