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Ruth Mary (Smith) Clark

Ruth Mary Clark, age 82, of rural Mansfield, died Sunday evening, May 22, 2011 at Med Central Mansfield Hospital.

She was born September 17, 1928 in Harrison County, OH the daughter of the late Sumner Sherman and Sara Eleanor (Whitten) Smith. She was a 1945 graduate of Cadiz High School.
She and her husband , Donald, owned and operated the family business, RFD, where she served as the bookkeeper and secretary.

Ruth was an active member of Clay Memorial Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir, was a Luther League Advisor and a member of the Ione Lantz Circle. She was a member of the OSU Extension and had been a 4-H Advisor. Ruth enjoyed reading and traveling. She and her husband, Donald, traveled extensively around the World with the People To People Organization. She was a loving mother to her family and her extended family.

Ruth is survived by her husband: Donald Elzy Clark, Sr. whom she wed on August 25, 1946; 4 children: Marjorie (Steven) Guthrie of Mansfield, Linda Clark (Roger Guertner) of Scottsdale, AZ,
Donald Elzy Clark, II Butch (Toni) of Bellville, Sara Ruth Clark of Mansfield; a son-in-law and his spouse: John Timothy (Marlene) Krisko of Ashland; 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter: Donna Krisko in 1978 and a sister: Mabel Faye Clark.

Friends may call on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby and also on Thursday at Clay Memorial Lutheran Church from 10-11 AM. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM by Minister Carol Kilgore. Burial will be in Mansfield Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the church. On-line condolences may be made at
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Memories & Condolence

  1. Guest says:

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    Family: Ruth Mary Clark
    Name: Barbara Sherrick Wiggins

    Date: 11-05-24

    Condolence:

    Mrs. Clark and her family had significant impact on my youth as I graduated from Crestview High School with Butch. Mrs. Clark’s laughter still rings in my ears. May family memories ease the pain of loss. I send my thoughts and prayers to the family.
    Sincerely, Barbara Dunn Sherrick Wiggins

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    Family: Ruth M. Clark
    Name: KC Krishnamurthi MD & Staff

    Date: 11-05-24

    Condolence:

    We we so sorry to hear of Mrs. Clark’s passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dr. Krishnamurthi and Staff

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    Family: Ruth Mary Clark
    Name: Alan Toth

    Date: 11-05-24

    Condolence:

    Bonnie and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Don, Sara, and the entire Clark family on their loss but, let’s remember the good times, the smiles, and laughter. . . Let’s remember the hopes, the dreams, the joy. . . Let’s remember the warm, special moments, and love that will live on for evermore. Together, we morn the loss, honor the memory, and celebrate the life of someone so special as Ruth Mary who will be deeply missed but never forgotten. God Bless and bring you all comfort.

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    Family: Ruth Clark
    Name: Connie Spillum / Kathy Hay

    Date: 11-05-24

    Condolence:

    Dear Linda, Roger and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a very sweet lady and was deeply loved by her family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her and in the hearts of those who Loved her. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    We are all fortunate to have an angle like Ruth looking over all us.

    Love and Light,

    Connie & Kathy

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    Family: Ruth Mary Clark
    Name: Charlene Spillum
    Date: 11-05-24

    Condolence:

    Dear Linda, My condolences to you and your family. Celebrate her life and be the wonderful women she raised.

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    Family: Ruth Mary Clark
    Name: Diane Spillum

    Date: 11-05-24

    Condolence:

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. You will always be blessed with her love and strength. Celebrate her life and know she is now comforted in the Hands of GOD. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Family: Ruth Clark
    Name: Vicki Mosser Gilbert Farnwalt

    Date: 11-05-25

    Condolence:

    Butch, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I lost mine 2 years ago and it’s hard, but I’m sure you have many pleasant memories to help you through the bad times.

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    Family: Ruth Clark
    Name: Kim & June (Haverfield) Heuberger
    Date: 11-05-25

    Condolence:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

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    Family: Ruth Clark
    Name: Sue Brown

    Date: 11-05-25

    Condolence:

    Ruth was always a ray of sunshine when she arrived for her aquanastics’ classes at the Shelby Y several times a week. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be greatly missed. Thank you for sharing her with us. God Bless

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    Family: Ruth Clark
    Name: Renie & Denny Borgelt
    Date: 11-05-25
    Time: 15:03:43 -0400

    Condolence:

    Her warm smile and friendly greeting will live on in our memories of Ruth. Our neighborhood is a little less sunny.

    Our prayers go out to all who loved her and to all who now have a void in their lives.

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    Family: Ruth Mary Clark
    Name: Tom and Mary Carroll
    Date: 11-05-25
    Time: 14:17:28 -0400

    Condolence:

    So sorry to read of Ruth’s passing. Tom’s mother, Wathena Ann Carroll, knew Ruth well through Homemaker’s Extension of which she was a member for many years. Of course we also have connections through RFD (Don Sr.) and Butch and Marj. Your family has touched so many lives in so many ways. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you say your good-byes to Ruth. You and your family are a special part of the Bellville, Butler, and Shelby communities and always will be.
    Love and prayers to all,
    The Carrolls

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    Family: Ruth Clark
    Name: Sue Brown
    Date: 11-05-25
    Time: 12:31:26 -0400

    Condolence:

    Ruth was always a ray of sunshine when she arrived for her aquanastics’ classes at the Shelby Y several times a week. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be greatly missed. Thank you for sharing her with us. God Bless

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    Family: Ruth Mary Clark
    Name: Pat Schaub

    Date: 11-05-26

    Condolence:

    Sara & Family, I am so sorry to here of loss. I meet your mother at the RFD Shelby store and will never forget her beautiful smile and laughter. May your family be blessed with many wonderful memories.

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