Published 12:00 am Friday, May 8, 2009

The Lord lifts his servant, Ruth Eloise Hall Stapleton, not to judge, but to dwell in his faithfulness and righteousness, for her faith has served him well. Mrs. Stapleton passed from her home on County Road 18 in South Point, Tuesday evening May 5, 2009.
Mrs. Stapleton was 83 years of age, born March 2, 1926, at Catlettsburg, Ky., a daughter of the late Jarvie and Carrie Robinson Hall. Her husband of 55 years, Otto W. Stapleton, preceded her in 2003. Ruth was employed with White Swan Laundry in Catlettsburg, and later the Ramada Inn at South Point, retiring to be a housewife and homemaker. She was a kind, gentle Mother and Grandmother, serving many in Jesus’ name with a heartfelt fervor, including service to Christ through her faith and prayer, with loyal membership at South Point Church of Christ.
Ruth departed the presence of a loving family that includes three sons, Michael (Pat) Stapleton, Ravenswood, W. Va.., Gary Stapleton, and Ron (Patti) Stapleton, all of South Point; and an only daughter, Marji (Ron) Thomas, South Point. She was “Mamaw” to seven beautiful grandchildren, Jessica (Chris) Fisher, Steve (Christina) Richardson, Tyler Stapleton, Ronnie Stapleton, Jr., Ryan Stapleton, David Thompson and Saul Thompson; and three precious great grandchildren, Braedon, Ayden and Cayden.
Remembering Ms. Ruth and her children are their “straight stretch kin”! Also is a caring and devoted neighbor, Peg Wilson, close friends Mary Whaley, Faye Lovejoy, to be joined by a multitude of fond acquaintance, too many to name; but all to sorrow deeply for their loss, yet find comfort in Heaven’s gain!
Preceding her in death is a brother, Bob Hall, and a sister, Betty Hanners.
Funeral services in remembrance of Mrs. Stapleton will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Neal Funeral Home on Center Street in Catlettsburg. Pastor Mike Trivette will offer a message of inspiration, with a heartfelt personal eulogy from Brother Tom Ledford. Final rest will follow a solemn committal at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens in Ashland. Grandsons will serve as casket bearers.
Those wishing to call on the Stapleton family may do so between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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