Ruth Paxton

April 18, 1938 ‒ May 28, 2016

Delaware, Ohio

Ruth Paxton, age 78 of Delaware, passed away Saturday evening May 28, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her family

She was born on April 18, 1938 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late Jacob and Ada (Jones) Fritz. She was a home maker and a minister’s wife and along with her husband served many churches in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Ruth was a prolific writer with many articles published in the Columbus Dispatch. She loved to cook, sew, read and garden. Ruth was always behind the scene helping her husband at his church by teaching Sunday School and anything else that needed done. Ruth formed a clothing drive and back to school supplies effort at the Minerva Park United Methodist Church that was a huge help to the community. As a result of the clothing drive Ruth was awarded the 1986 Columbus Dispatch Humanitarian Award. She was a volunteer and had her own radio program at WCVO. Ruth was most proud of her three children and her two grandchildren and was happiest when they were around her.

She is survived by her daughter: Jennifer (Randy) Cox-Hibbard of Cincinnati; sons: Ed (Toni) Paxton of Delaware, Ted (Jean) Paxton of Sunbury; grandchildren: Andrea Cox of Vancouver, British Columbia, Jessica (Frank)  Adams of Cincinnati; brother: John (Ann) Fritz of Philadelphia, PA.

Preceded in death by her husband: Rev. Marvin Paxton Jr.; brother: David Fritz; sister: Joann Henderson.

Friends may call Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware where services will immediately follow at 1 p.m. with Revs. Christopher Johns and Dave Woodyard officiating. Interment will follow in the Glen Rest Memorial Estates.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Humane Society of Delaware County, 4920 SR37 E, Delaware, Ohio  43015.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Family and condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • All our love to the Paxton family. We send hugs and prayers to you all.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • Our condolences to the family. Ruth was a wonderful, witty, woman. She will be missed.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • My heart goes out to the family. Although I went to school with Ted many years ago, I only knew Ruth through Facebook. I am SO thankful for that connection because I truly enjoyed her posts and quick quips. What a beautiful person.

    God bless,

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • Rhonda Prater and Ralph Kern send our most sincere condolences. Our hearts go out to the family.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • I remember Toni talking about her mother-in-law while we worked together at Brookhaven. Good memories. My sympathy and prayers are with you.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • Paxton family my prayers are with you all. What a beautiful woman of God!!! She saw into the hearts of many including mine at a young age, I’m so grateful to have known her. Sadly I work Weds morning until 2pm and will not be able to attend her services. Much love to you all 😘

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • Our prayers are with the Paxton family during this difficult time. Ruth was a very nice person that we enjoyed talking to. We wish her and your entire family Godspeed.
    Shaun Laird/Denise Young

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Love you Toni & Ed!

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • Giving thanks for Ruth’s life and for the opportunity to know her in recent years. I will miss her joyful and grateful spirit.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • We will no longer have Ruth & Marv but we still have the walnut clock, made from wood from our farm, by Marv in 1991 signed love Ruth & Marv Paxton Jr. We appreciated their service while serving at Celina Bethany.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • The South High School Alumni Association and its Board of Directors want to express our sympathy and send condolences at the death of your loved one. Our entire South High School family is diminished by her passing.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • Very sorry for your loss…..As former long-time residents of Glengary Drive, our family got to know Ruth through her daily walks with Charlie. Over the years, my kids would look for her everyday. My boys became especially fond of their visits. We all shed a tear with Ruth as we saw her on her walk on our final day on Glengary Drive last year. She was such a kind woman and will be missed dearly. Jason & Becky Sanson & family

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • I will miss her wit , wisdom and beauty , our loss has to be one of Heavens greatest gains. Her love for her family was always so apparent but her appreciation for her daughter -in- law Toni was awesome . RIP Beautiful Lady . Patty King

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • We are very sorry about the loss of your mom, Ted. She made me laugh often reading her posts on Facebook especially in response to something you would say. May she rest in peace. I am happy to donate to the humane society in her honor as I know that is a place close to your heart as well.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • We are very sorry for your loss. A wonderful woman that will be missed.
    Bryan Hardman & Helen Fleenor. We became acquainted with her through work at emergency plumbing. She made a lasting impression. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • We met Ruth many years ago through my Cousin Dave Woodyard. Ruth was an extraordinary lady and feel blessed to have known her.
    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • You are in my thoughts and prayers. I didn’t know your mom long, but I could see that she was special. Her faith really shined through. Her love for her family was clear and she sure did love her dog! I hope that your faith and memories will now get you through. I suspect that she would want it that way.
    God bless you all!
    Your friend,
    Anna Alexander

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • Ruth was a dear friend. We travelled many miles together on motorcycles, shared wonderful experiences and she is fondly remembered. May the family feel Gods loving and comforting arms.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • Our sincere sympathy to Ruth’s family in this time of great loss. May she rest in the arms of the Lord.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • Ruth was a very special lady. We knew Ruth and Marvin during the time Marvin was pastor at our church. Ruth was always very involved. I’ve always enjoyed her writings. During the past year reading her postings on facebook brought many laughs and some tears. She will be missed by many.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • Ruth was one of my favorite people. Probably the most positive and inspiring person I’ve known. She invited me into her home ,treated me like family , and fed me the most incredible meatloaf dinner ever. Ruth was a very special person, a pleasure to know, and I am a better person for having made her acquaintance. I looked forward to her inspiring and often witty Facebook posts regularly .Rest in peace my dear friend you may be gone put your graciousness, kindness , and your smile will never be forgotten.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • Ed, I am sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. I always enjoyed her pithy Facebook comments and will miss them. Bud and I send our sympathy to you and your family.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • Our condolences to Ruth’s family. She had a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed by many. We will always remember the motorcycle trips with Marvin and Ruth. What a great time we had. God bless all of you and may God surround you with His peace and comfort you.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.

  • We have some wonderful memories of your Mom and Dad both from Minerva Park Church and later after your Dad retired. We pray that you will all rest in peace knowing how much they enjoyed life and how much greater eternity will be.

    May God give you comfort in your great loss. Your Mom was a great lady. We all loved her.

    • Thank you for your kind words during this time. They were a great comfort to us. Words cannot express our gratitude.