Ruth J. Partin-Gillfillan

October 03, 1938 ‒ June 03, 2021

LaFollette, Tennessee
Formerly of Ashley, Ohio

Ruth J. Partin-Gillfillan, age 82 of LaFollette, Tennessee formerly of Ashley passed away Thursday, June 3, 2021.

She was born on October 3, 1938, in St. Albans, West Virginia to the late Stephen and Eva (Brown) Rayburn. She was a hard worker and was especially proud of her home health care work and taking care of others.

She would meet Jim Partin while he was serving in the US Army, they were married and shared 30 wonderful years before his sad passing in 1985.

Ruth loved sitting out on her front porch visiting with family and friends watching the birds and chatting. There was always a jigsaw puzzle on the table for all to enjoy. She enjoyed crocheting, cross-stitch, working jigsaw puzzles, and bird watching. She loved her collection of Precious Moments figurines.  She was firm in her Baptist faith and had been a member of several churches over the years. She took great pride in her independence. She was always straight to the point and had a great love of family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son Sam (Kathleen) Partin of Oxford, MS, grandchildren: Shon (Alisha)Partin, Sam (Brittany)Partin, Shelaine (Chris) Rogerson, Jessica (John) Bell, 4 great-grandchildren: Gage, Jada, Sam, Tyler, siblings: Frank Rayburn of Westfield, OH, Ronald (Francis) Rayburn of LaRue, OH, Betty (Bob) Feucht of Marysville, OH, Rosalee (Jim) Sharp of Marysville, OH, and Patty (Don) Madison of Mt. Victory, OH.

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was also preceded in death by her second husband of 28 years Dale Gillfillan, son Steve Partin, daughter Pansey Claiborne, siblings: Genevieve Craig Meadows, Glen Rayburn, Tom Rayburn, Chuck Rayburn, and Madeline Rayburn.

Friends may call from Noon until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11th at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 where services will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Timothy Pasma officiating. Burial will take place in Fairview Memorial Park, next to her first husband.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

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  • What a blessing to share this earthly walk with precious Ruth-even for a short time.
    She was such a godly woman with great trust in her Lord. I share in your sorrow for the empty spaces left in your heart. I know that our Father will comfort you. I rejoice with you that she is now Home and in the presence of Jesus.
    God be with you as you walk this valley.

  • Such memories. I remember the first time I met Aunt Ruth. She was so shy and sweet. Although she was a little less shy over the years, she certainly never recovered from being such a sweetie. Uncle Jim was a lucky man. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. I’m blessed for having had her in my life.

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