Ruth Denton

May 31, 1926 ~ June 27, 2022

Ruth Marie Denton, 96, of Farmington passed away June 27, 2022 at Presbyterian Manor. She was born May 31, 1926 in Leadwood to the late Glen and Mabel (Belknap) Maurer. Ruth was an active member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Farmington and also the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Ruth was loved by all who knew her. Her kindness, generosity and caring for others were known to all. Her joy for life and family knew no bounds.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Howard K. Denton; brother, Robert Maurer; son-in-law, Dennis Lee Ellis.

Ruth is survived by four children, Karen Ellis, Anita Moore, Karl Denton and wife Lisa, Diane Hitson and husband Roger; nine grandchildren, Lauren (Nathan) Howard, Matthew Ellis, Sarah Moore, Kate (Ryan) Moore-Robbins, Jerad (Sarah) Denton, Cole (Helen) Denton, John (Mai) Hitson, William Hitson, Theodore “Ted” Hitson; nine great-grandchildren, Natalie Howard, William Howard, Nathan Howard, Matthew Joseph Ellis, Alexandra Robbins, Aiden Robbins, Bennett Denton, Owen Hitson, Jonah Hitson; two sisters, Barbara Coffman and Judy Walters.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2022 from 10:00 AM until 11:45 AM at the C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home – Taylor Chapel in Farmington. A Funeral Mass will follow at noon on Tuesday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farmington. Interment will follow at New Calvary Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to Catholic Charites or St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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  1. Dede & the whole Denton Family, We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Please accept our condolences & know that you & yours are in our hearts & prayers. Love, Kim, David & Mitchell Hillyard 

  2. To Ruthie’s family. What a wonderful Mother and Grandmother you could have ever had. I cherish the days I worked with her at Ozarks Federal. If you look up the words, kind, generous,funny,and a true lady you will find her pictures. My thoughts and prayers to you Karen and all of the family.

  3. Praying for your family during this difficult time, May she rest peacefully in the arms of our Lord.

  4. DeDe and the other members of the family. So saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. I have many fond memories of her and she was always so kind. Just know that she will be missed and remembered by all that she met. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Bill Weber

  5. To the entire Denton Family our prayers and thoughts go out to you. Your Mom was a special person. She will be missed. Our families shared friendships on many different levels and times in our lives — she was with us for all of them. God Bless. Greg and Beth Wade and the entire Wade Family.

  6. Diane and family, I was so sorry to hear about your mom. You have my deepest sympathy. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May your hearts always be filled with warm memories of your mom. Karen (Govreau) & John Abney and Samantha Wright

  7. Anita & family, Our thought and prayers are with you all. Love, Dave , Kellie & the boys

  8. Dede, Karl, Anita & Karen.

    So sorry to hear about Ruth. Thinking of all of you. May your loving memories of her bring you comfort during this difficult time. So hard losing a parent. Love you all! Cheryl (Cook) & Terry Thomas

  9. Miss Ruth touched my life and my children through Window Tree Preschool. Her love and joy we’re contagious. My condolences to her family. May her memory be eternal.

  10. Dear Aunt Ruth, thank you for a lifetime of beautiful memories, for providing an example of how to live a good life surrounded by the light of God, family, friends, and community. Your presence on earth will be missed, however we are happy that you are walking in the garden with those who've been waiting to greet you again. With Love ❤️ ~Melissa

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