Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Ruth Joan Griffith

Ruth Joan Griffith, age 91, of Shelby, died Thursday, July 12, 2018 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.
She was born March 26, 1927 in Butler, PA the daughter of John and Evelyn (Eshenbaugh) Waldenmyer. Ruth graduated from high school in West Sunbury, PA and moved to this area in the 1960’s. She began her working career at United Telephone in Shelby in 1962 and progressed through mergers and acquisitions to retire from Sprint in Mansfield in 1990. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Shelby where she had been a Sunday school teacher and was also a member of Eastern Star Harmony Chapter #43.
Ruth enjoyed her once a month lunch outing with her friends from Sprint and making cookies with her daughter Darlene for the Kids Summer Lunch Program in Shelby. Her hobbies included quilting, crafts, reading, playing solitaire and solving word search puzzles. She was also a sports fan, following all Ohio State boys’ and girls’ sports, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Cavs, and Cleveland Indians. However, her greatest joy was her family and following all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s activities.
She is survived by her 3 daughters: Nancy Griffith, Darlene (Stan) Ingram, Marlene (Ron) Burkhalter all of Shelby; 4 grandchildren: Heidi (Chad) Niese, Bart (Sarah) Ingram, Randy (Jennifer) Shaver, Shelly Wagers (Josh Strohm); 10 great grandchildren: Victoria, Sophia, Charlotte, Carson, Kendallyn, Lillian, Olivia Shaver, Griffin Shaver, Marissa Wagers (Logan Bradshaw), Kenzie Wagers (Tyler Hatcher); 1 great great granddaughter: Kenna Marie Bradshaw; a sister: Jane (Bud) Williams of Butler, PA; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband: Ralph W. Griffith in 2006, and infant daughter: Linda Griffith in 1948 and by 2 brothers: Dale and William Waldenmyer.
Although no public service will be held in Ruth’s memory, her family hopes that you will hold her in your heart as you remember her in your own special way. Memorial expressions may be made to Shelby Athletic Boosters, Ontario Athletic Boosters or Shelby YMCA.
Care for Ruth and her family by Bob, Catherine and Jake at Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. To share a memory or send a message of sympathy to the Griffith family, please visit

Memories & Condolence

  1. Alice Mescher says:

    Nancy, Darlene and Marlene,
    My Deepest to you and your families. I know your hearts are breaking losing your beautiful, loving mother. From what I remember of her she was such a kind person. Prayers for all of you.
    Alice (Wheeler) Mescher

  2. Sharon Wingart Gosche says:

    My deepest sympathy to Nancy, Darlene and Marlene. I have many fond memories of your Mom (and Dad) growing up across the street. She was a lovely lady. May she rest in peace and hope you all cherish memories of her. Hugs

  3. Joe and Terri DeVito says:

    Nancy,Darlene and Marlene, We are so sorry to hear about your mom. Thoughts and prayers with you and your families. I’m sure she is with Louise and my mom talking about the days at the telephone company!

  4. Craig Green says:

    Sorry to hear about Ruth. She was a sweet lady and remember her well at all the ball games when Randy was in sports.

  5. Sally Booker Auer says:

    Nancy, Marlene, Darlene, sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers to you all.

  6. Sally Griffeth) Henderson says:

    I was sorry to hear about your mom, and will keep your family in my prayers.

  7. Lisa (Plocher) Clabaugh says:

    Nancy, Darlene and Marlene, I am so sorry for your loss! Your mom was such a kind, sweet lady. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Bev Johnston says:

    Nancy, Darlene and Marlene. So sorry for the loss of your Mom. My Sister always said how nice she was and Annette will sure miss her at the monthly luncheons.

  9. Sharon Keyser says:

    To the Griffith Family, So sorry for your loss. the last time I saw you all was at the ER and I met your mom. She was a sweetheart! You all will be in out prayers!

  10. Rachel Habel says:

    So sorry for the loss of your mom. She was such a big part of my childhood memories. All the picnics we had as children were always made better by the kindness of your mom and her good cooking. I will miss her. Prayers and love are with you.

  11. jeanette (ludin)Brown says:

    I am sorry to read of your loss. I remember your family from back a few years. Some of you lived in Tiro and I believe my dad and Ralph was friend.
    It’s hard to say good bye, we see her again with that beautiful smile she has on in the picture. Take care and my sympathy to you all.

  12. Vicki Hipp says:

    I worked with Ruth at the phone company. She always had a smile on her face and was always laughing. She was young in heart and spirit and will be remembered as a special lady.

  13. Nancy Schmidt says:

    Dear Nancy, Marlene and Darlene, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a very sweet lady.You all have my deepest sympathy and you are in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless you all!

  14. Debbie Eshelman says:

    Griffith Family,
    Sorry to hear about your loss! Prayers are with you at this time!
    Debbie and Charlie Eshelman

  15. Pam Roark says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. She always had a beautiful smile for everyone…such a nice lady.

  16. Bill Eshenbaugh says:

    Your Mom was one of the sweetest persons on earth. I remember the news that she had twins to bring in the new year. You were blessed,
    Cousin Bill

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