Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Ruth J. Walton, 90, of Orrville, formerly of Shreve entered into eternal rest with her Heavenly Father on Thursday April 28, 2023.

She was born on May 24, 1932 to Louis and E. Pauline Eberthart Quillen in Dover New Philadelphia.

Ruth graduated from Wooster High School in 1950.  On December 3, 1950, she married Richard S. Walton.  They had four children: Thomas E. (Michelle) Walton of Mississippi, William J. (Deb) Walton of Wooster, Paula Walton of Orrville and John M. (Sherry) Walton of Wooster; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruth helped operate “Dicks Sweet Shop” in Shreve for numerous years with her husband.  She also worked at Freedlander’s, was activities director at Horn’s Nursing Home and was a secretary at Triway Jr. High School.  Ruth had volunteered for numerous organizations and church activities including Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and had 20 consecutive years as a proud Soapbox Derby mom, and a member of the Historical Society.

She was a member of Grace Baptist of Orrville and formerly of Westwood Baptist Church.  She was also a lifelong member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #67 and #68 and the VFW of Shreve.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, parents, grandson Derek Tyler Walton; siblings Donald Quillen, Clifford Quillen and Carol Simons.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 11:00 AM at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster.  Interment will follow in Wooster Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 4:00-7:00 PM

The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Lindsay for helping Ruth’s daughter, Paula give great care throughout the years.

Contributions may be directed to American SIDS Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, FL 34110 or to American Diabetes Association, Eastern Ohio, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, Virginia 22116-7023 or to Wayne Holmes Soapbox Derby, 9719 Ashland Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


  1. Paula,
    My heart was saddened to read of the passing of your mom. I am so thankful that we can grieve with Hope. She is Home and more alive than ever.
    Paula, you are a true example of a dedicated daughter. You cared and served your mom for over 30 years. What love and dedication you have exemplified. Well done, my friend. You are a hero in my book, Paula.
    I pray as you go forth that God’s peace will cloak you and you will find comfort in knowing you were a loving and caring daughter from beginning to the end.
    Finally, remember that when you love deeply you will grieve deeply. Be kind to yourself and allow our Abba to comfort and care for you.
    Love to you.

  2. My condolences to the family for your loss. Mrs Walton was a part of my childhood through Triway and growing up in Shreve. Kind and sweet and always gave of her time. Paula, sending you my thoughts and prayers.

  3. So sorry to see and hear this she was a wonderful lady keeping the family in my prayers

  4. Paula and family, I am truly in shock that this woman of God was such a brave warrior she fought for so many years to stay alive. It seems that so some of us gave up but she never stopped and I am blessed by having the privilege of knowing her loving her and serving Christ with her at Westwood Baptist. Her faith although challenged, was never ever gone. Always that beautiful sweet smile… Paula you are one of a kind! You are the kind of child, who really really honored her mother the way Jesus would have and yes he did through you! I know she will always be missed but I also know she didn’t die/pass away and you didn’t lose her … My sweet Ruth has moved home to

  5. Paula, so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

  6. Paula & family, so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a big part of my childhood through Girl Scouts, sweet shop, & the neighborhood. She was a great lady.
    May you find the comfort & strength needed.
    Many prayers.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Ruth was such a sweet lady and touched many lives. Her faith in God was such an inspiration to me. You have my deepest sympathy and are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. I thought of your mom a lot this summer. One hot hot hot day, I took advantage of our air conditioning and spent the day inside working on my Ancestry account. I’m so grateful for her genealogical work in the 80s that produced a history of the Sidle family. She did such amazing work. She initiated the Sidle reunion, which allowed us all to get better acquainted with family members. I know her last years were hard, yet she always remembered us at Christmas with a short note and card. I’ll be praying for you as you get used to a new normal, but I know she is in a far better place and healed of her earthly afflictions!

  9. Such a beautiful, sweet lady! She made me laugh and love. I’m sorry for the loss of such an AMAZING soul. She will be truly missed!💔

  10. Paula and family, my sincere condolences for the loss of Ruth. From the time I started teaching in the Triway district Ruth was always so kind. Having you in school and then your kids kept us in touch for many years. She had the ability to know just when a note or card in the mail, was the right time to lift someone’s spirit. Such a wonderful person to have known. Prayers for you and family. Dave and Nancy Handwerk

  11. Paula and Family,
    We have many fond memories of Ruth. We shared working in a variety of school and community activities with her. over the years.
    Our sincere sympathy to all of you.
    Roy and Donna Edington

  12. I have many fond memories of time spent at Dick’s Sweet Shop and Ruth putting up with me and my friends. A very kind, understanding and gracious person. My sympathies to the family.

  13. Paula and Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved mother. Ruth had many gifts and one in particular was the gift of writing and sending post cards. I was the recipient of many and enjoyed every single hand written note. I have them all! She was so kind and she enjoyed reading about my adventures as a teacher leading students around the world. I remember visiting Ruth years ago at her apartment and meeting you. I admired you so much for your devotion and unconditional love taking care of your mama. Peace be with you Paula and God bless you and your family.

  14. Ruth was a shining light in this world.You have our sympathies and prayers 🙏 My Aunt Lisa was an RN who was one of her Care givers working for Home Health.Now they can reconnect in Heaven.PTL.❤️❤️

  15. Dear Ruth Walton family. So sorry for your loss. Ruth was a very dear lady and friend. Her and Dick’s Sweet Shop is where I met my wife. Many great memories of them.
    We are sorry we will not be with you for visiting hours or memorial service. I had pain management shots yesterday afternoon and am not allowed to drive for 24 hours.
    You are all in our prayers for comfort. God bless you!

  16. Walton Family,

    My condolences for the loss of your Dear Mom and Prayers for all of you as you adjust to a new normal.


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