Born May 28, 1919, in Franklin County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Charles Calvin Faith and Cora Grace Sword Faith.
She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for 32 years.
Mrs. Ashton was a sponsor member of the Tau Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.
Ruth was known for her love of family, children, friends, God and her country.
She is survived by one son, Dale J. Statler and wife, Brenda, of Hagerstown, Md.; two daughters, Rosemarie Day of Martinsburg and Sandra Hessenauer of Shepherdstown; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin E. Ashton.
She was the last of her immediate family, which included five sisters, Gladys M. Kayser, Grace C. Carbaugh, Vera T. Bowers, Marie M. Schelle and Geneva Morrow; three brothers, Earl J., John W. and Adrian C. Faith.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Otterbein United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Mooney officiating. Interment will be at Rosedale Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Brown Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeswv.com.