Ruth E. Stone, 89, of St. Clairsville, OH passed away July 22, 2015 at Heartland Nursing Home, Lansing, OH. She was born March 2, 1926 at Zanesville, OH a daughter of the late Herman and Carrie Daniel St. Clair.
“Ruthie” as she was known to everyone, was a member of both Thoburn United Methodist Church and East Richland Friends Church.
She was employed by Belmont Hills Country Club as a hostess for many years. Ruthie sold Avon and Tupperware before finding her way into public relations work beginning with welcoming new people to the area as a representative for the St. Clairsville Board of Trade Greeting Service. She moved to Executive Secretary of the newly organized St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce for their first five years. She helped organize Sidewalk Days and hired the entertainment. Following this, she worked for Lou Harris Polls, who along with Gallop Polls were interviewing local people for US News and World Report magazine. She also worked with them doing interviews for the Veterans Administration and for the pending launch of USA Today.
Being known to the local business community, she was approached by the regional franchisee of Holiday Inns to travel to a five state area promoting the Inns’ use by various industries and businesses. After five years, she was lured away to do the same thing for Sheraton Inns for several years.
Despite her success in public relations and sales, she found more fulfillments in entertainment. As an accomplished piano player, she added singing and comedy to her music and quickly became a regular at area minstrel shows and other entertainment for various organizations, civic groups and churches. She worked many New York stage shows at the Capitol Theater and with many country music entertainers. Her talent led her to be a part of a group which entertained on a five week tour of Europe.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Charles T. Stone in 2000.
Surviving are her two sons, Terry M. “Stumpy” (Cindy) Stone of Martins Ferry, OH and Steve “Stoney” Stone of St. Clairsville and a sister, Marilyn (Bill) Gheen of Roseville, OH; one nephew and one niece.
Friends will be received Monday from 4-8 pm at Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory 204 West Main Street St. Clairsville where services will be held on Tuesday at 11 am with Rev. Wayne Ickes officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will be in Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
At. Ruthie’s request, please attend the visitation and service in casual attire.
Share your thoughts and memories of Ruthie with her family at www.beckaltmeyer.com