Ruth J. Askins

February 14, 1923 ‒ March 23, 2010

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD ~ It was only too appropriate that Ruth Askins was a Valentines Day baby. Born February 14, 1923 in Lima, she’s been giving expressions of her love for 87 years.

Though never in the limelight, Ruth leaves a legacy of love for her husband, her family, and her Lord Jesus Christ. Beyond the obligatory devotion of a wife and expected affection of a mother, Ruth offered unconditional love, regardless of response, regardless of circumstance, regardless of feeling. Her love for her husband was a loyal love that was a perfect reflection of God’s loyal love for mankind.

Since her husband Ray’s death in December of last year, it had been Ruth’s desire to join him in the Lord’s presence. God granted her humble prayer Tuesday afternoon March 23, 2010.

Ruth’s second legacy is her contribution to group worship through her piano playing. At an early age, she “rode the circuit” in northeast Ohio alongside her grandfather – a circuit-riding preacher in the Quaker tradition. She was not a soloist, rather an accompanist par excellence. Her arpeggio-filled offertories were rich in full-bodied chords and often augmented with an obbligato such that the arrangement was different each time. She combined her joy of music and serving the Lord for more than 70 years as a church musician.

Ruth ran with endurance the race set before her. She fixed her eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of her faith. Because of her profession of faith in the claims of Jesus Christ, she is now enjoying a perfect, uninterrupted, face-to-face relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses Mark and Robin Askins of Overland Park, Kansas, Stephanie and Phil Peters of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Emily and Ken Straw of Shelby; grandsons Luke Askins and Matthew Askins both of Overland Park, Kansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Ray, she was preceded in death by her sister Jane Durbin, and brothers Rolland Ladd and Paul Irwin.

The Askins family will receive friends Thursday, March 25, 2009 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Ruth Askins will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in First Alliance Church, 291 West Cook Road, with Pastor Jim Cheatham officiating. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

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