Stone, Ruth Shelton "There are better things ahead than any we leave behind" C.S. Lewis Ruth Shelton Stone, 85 years young, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loved ones Thursday, June 21, 2012. Born in Purdy, OK, on August 13, 1926, she was the middle child to a large, close-knit family of twelve. In her late adolescence, the Shelton family moved west to California, beginning what was to become the remarkable journey of a remarkable woman, and an illustrious career. A woman before her time, Ruth pioneering ways, excellence in her field, and a virtually tireless work ethic, Ruth had become a pillar of her community in Pasadena; her home and place of business for over fifty years. In business she was revered for her scrupulous business practice and always the delight to the many that were associated with her. Ruth Stone long standing career in escrow, as well as her various other business endeavors, were reinforced by the many accolades presented to her by various organizations of which she was actively a part. Beginning in 1968, she became the president and owner of Lockwood Escrow Corporation, and in 1982-1984 she was a co-founder and among the board of directors of Brookside Savings & Loan Assn. She filled a seat on the board of directors at the Salvation Army in 1987, and having been an established member of the Escrow Institute of California (1968-present) and the Zonta Club (1974-1986), she had been appointed a chair on each clubs' board of directors as well. In 1989 she became an active member of the Rotary Club of Pasadena, and one of the first women to be sought after to join the highly exclusive University Club of Pasadena. The fruits of her labors were recognized as well deserved by business acquaintances, friends and family. Ruth is survived by her loving daughter, Cheryl Stone Sturges, with whom she worked side by side for over forty years, her son Russell Eugene Stone, Jr., her sister Phyllis Richards, her brother E. Ray Shelton, her seven grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by, her husband of thirty years, Russell Eugene Stone in 1984. Apart from her professional triumphs; her family was her first priority, and she will be missed terribly. Ruth lives on in the hearts of all who were blessed to be a part of her life. We will never forget her smile and her quick wit; but most of all the love she gave unconditionally to us all. She is truly our gift; whose wisdom and love will flow forever in our hearts. We would like for you to join us in celebrating the life of such an incredible woman and extraordinary individual at a public service to be held: Friday, June 29, 2012, 11:45 a.m., The First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena, 3700 East Sierra Madre Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91107. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 27, 2012