Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Ruth A. Davis

Ruth A. Davis, age 92, of Mansfield, died Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

Ruth was born February 14, 1930 in Shelby to the late William and Esta (May) Bevier and was raised on a farm in Tiro. She was a 1947 graduate of Tiro High School and spent the majority of her career with Social Security Administration in Mansfield from where she retired. Ruth was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Mansfield.

Ruth was kind and quiet, tough and hard-working, and never complained of pain. She was a rock of a mother. She was very supportive of her husband, Duane, and their three children. She believed in the adage, “If you don’t have something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.” She loved eating out – Olive Garden was her favorite restaurant – and when she stopped baking her own pies she could often be seen eating one at Lyn-Way. She loved baking Christmas cookies and candies for family and friends. She also enjoyed reading Amish stories and especially loved gardening; roses were her favorite. We will miss her dearly but look forward to seeing her tending the roses in heaven.

On May 15, 1954 Ruth married her husband of 67 years, Duane J. Davis, and he survives. Also surviving are her 3 children: Dwight Davis (Betty Burns), Scott Davis (Paula Donnelly), and Debra (George) Kurtz; grandchildren: Brian (Autumn) Kurtz, Sarah (Austin) Adkins, and Kevin Kurtz; 2 great granddaughters; and nieces and nephews: Bill (Robin) Bevier, Lorna (Ron) Tamayo, Donna (Steve) Murphrey, and Tom Horner Jr.; as well as other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her brother and his wife: Donald and Florence Bevier; and her sister and her husband: Dorothy and Tom Horner.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, February 26, 2022 for calling hours from 10-11 am and for funeral services at 11 am both at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Pastor Jonathan Stufft will officiate and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1262 Ashland Road, Mansfield, OH 44905.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Jody says:

    Im so sorry to hear about Aunt Ruth!!! I send my condolences to Uncle Duane and the children and grandchildren!!! Your Mom was the sweetiest person. She never evet talked bad about anyone, and always had a BEAUTIFUL SMILE on her pretty face!!! She was full of LOVE and JOY.❤ Aunt Ruth will be missed, but now she is home with the Lord either gardening or baking or cookinglol. Love ya all, Jody ❤

  2. Tammy Harris says:

    Sending my deepest condolences to all the Davis family. I loved Ruth dearly and her gentle spirit. I spent nearly every day as a child at their house. So many wonderful memories decorating cookies, working in the kitchen, helping pick berries, caring for her flowers as she went on vacation, and visiting her Mother with them in Shelby. Ruth will be sadly missed. May the Lord comfort her loved ones she’s left behind for the time being. ❤️✝️

  3. Susan Hill says:

    Duane, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I remember your family from St. Timothy when I attended with my parents in my younger days. I also enjoyed waiting on you two at Mansfield Restaurant. My condolences to you and your family for your loss.

  4. Daniel John Bishop says:

    May the Peace of the Lord find the Davis Family. Ruth was such a kind and caring person. She will be missed. In all the time we have been on Manner Dr. Ruth and Duane have been such good neighbors. We enjoy the talks and the times spent together.

  5. Linda Walls says:

    I am so heartbroken for all of the family. Ruth was a special friend for many years. Her steadfast, quiet and kind spirit was a rare quality in today’s world. Ruth told me the secret in making cut out cookies and I have passed that tip along to many others – roll them out using powdered sugar instead of flour. My prayers are with you as you say goodbye for now.

  6. jane cates says:

    Duane and family, my husband John and I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Ruth. We were neighbors for over twenty years and your family were part of what we missed after moving out of state. I hope you all find comfort and peace during this difficult time. Hugs from both of us.

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