Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Ruth C. (Shira) Crenshaw

Ruth C. (Shira) Crenshaw, age 89, of Shelby, died Sunday, March 22, 2020 at her home.

Ruth was born March 4, 1931 in Ankeytown, Ohio to the late Ray C. and Agnes (Penhorwood) Shira, Sr. She was a 1949 graduate of Shelby High School. Ruth worked for Tech Form Industries for 24 years, retiring in 1990.

A very religious person, Ruth was a member at Trinity United Methodist Church where she was very active. She loved to watch and feed the birds and squirrels on the back porch and enjoyed taking care of the flowers in her garden. Ruth always looked forward to getting together with her classmates once a month for lunch.

Survivors include her children: William “Bill” (Dianna) Crenshaw of Mt. Gilead, David Crenshaw of Shelby, Ann Porter of Shelby, and Joni Crenshaw of Shelby; 4 granddaughters: Angela (Jammy) Borders, Georgina Crenshaw, Kelly (Terry) Tsai, and Carie (Steve Stone) Crenshaw; 2 step-grandchildren: Brent Bonney and Kendra Mahon; 8 great grandchildren; 3 step-great grandchildren; 2 step-great-great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years: William “Whitey” Crenshaw; son-in-law: Richard Porter; daughter-in-law: Carol Crenshaw; step-granddaughter: Andi Stine; and her brother: Ray Shira, Jr.

The family would like to thank Ruth’s caregivers, Kathy Burrows, Carrie Staton, and Pamela Martin for their continuous love and support. A special thanks to Dave, Bill, Dianna, and Joni for all the help given to Ann as she cared for Ruth. Thank you to the Hospice of North Central Ohio team and Dr. Chawla for your endless hours of care for Ruth, as well as the Infusion Center Staff.

Private funeral services will be held at Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, with Reverend Dr. Edna Stahl officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. A public visitation will be announced at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Hospice of North Central Ohio and mailed to the funeral home.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Deb Kovach says:

    Omgoodness Ann….my thoughts and prayers go out to you and family….I am so sorry my friend…

  2. Jane Yeager says:

    So sorry Ann and family. Prayers going out to all of you

  3. Rick/Val Stone says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Crenshaw family. We always enjoyed chatting with Ruth at the birthday party’s for the girls. She will be missed.

  4. Jocelyn Armstrong McAuley says:

    Sincere sympathy to all of you. I will miss Ruth. She was a devoted Christian woman. ❤

  5. Margie Martin says:

    Dear Crenshaw family, our sincere sympathy on your loss ! Prayers for comfort for all !

  6. Mary Lee Barr says:

    Joni and family
    So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed the many years I worked with Ruth at Tech Form. You and your family are in my prayers. Mary Lee Barr

  7. Robin Hamilton Smedley says:

    Ann , Joni and family
    Deepest sympathies to all of you. May Gods love surround your family and hold you close together at this time and in the days to come.

  8. Mike Studer says:

    My condolences to Bill,Dave,Ann, and Joni .Prayers of comfort and peace.

  9. Paula Wheeler says:

    Our sympathies to the Crenshaw family. So sorry for your loss.

  10. Jim and Joann Hipsher says:

    Dave and Family
    Condolences to you and the family. May your many happy memories help to sustain you in the difficult times ahead.

  11. Lawrence Frontz says:

    Dave and family: so sad to hear about the passing of your mother. R.I.P. my sincerest condolences.

  12. Shelby Owls Club says:

    Dave and family,
    Our hearts goes out to each and everyone of you. Lots of love hugs and prayers for all of you. We are all so sorry for your loss!
    Love from your friends of the Shelby Owls Club Nest 2553

  13. Deb Curren says:

    Joni, my sympathy to you and your family. Hang on to your memories

  14. Cathy Dodge says:

    My deepest sympathies to the Crenshaw family.

  15. Terri Dillon Brown says:

    Crenshaw Family, my sincere condolences to all of you. I worked with her at Tech Form for several years. Remember the good times. May God be with you

  16. Todd and Lorna Albert says:

    Dear Crenshaw family,

    We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Todd and Lorna Albert

  17. Chuck and Barb Elliott says:

    We are so sorry to read of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.. Our
    sympathy to all of your family.

  18. Don & Carolyn Staiger says:

    Our love, prayers, condolences to Crenshaw family in your loss but rejoicing in her gain with her Heavenly Father.

  19. Louise Ball says:

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Loved working with the old cranky lady and making her laugh when she didn’t want too!!

  20. Paul Athy says:

    Dave and Crenshaw family, I am so sorry for your loss. You have my thoughts and prayers. Paul Athy

  21. Sandra (Kegley) Martin says:

    Dave and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort and peace in your time of sorrow.

  22. Gale Pittenger says:

    Dave -So sorry for your loss. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  23. Todd Armintrout says:

    Joni and family,
    Sorry for your loss, sending thoughts and prayers.
    Todd & Tammy Armintrout

  24. Mark Young says:

    Dave,Joni and family, Sorry to hear of your moms passing ,our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  25. Judy ter Braak-Montes says:

    Dave and family,
    Our deepest condolences to you during this difficult time. May you find peace in your memories.
    Judy & Fred

  26. Lois Engle says:

    Saddened to hear of your mother’s death, Bill. Praying for God’s comfort and strength for your family in the coming days .

  27. Barbara Foti says:

    Bill and family, I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Prayers for comfort.

  28. Terry & ROBIN Boice says:

    Sorry,for your loss

  29. dick&deb tomlinson says:

    joni and family ,Our sincerest condolences in this difficult time. your mother will be terribly missed at church and in the choir. may god bring you peace and comfort as you recall all the wonderful memories of ruth’s life

  30. Chandos Gose says:

    Sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. I worked many years with Ruth at Tech Form Ind.

  31. JoAnn Andrews says:

    Dave and Family,
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Mother. Prayers that you will find comfort and peace with wonderful memories of your Mom’s life.

    JoAnn and Dan

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