March 12, 1932–January 21, 2019
Ruth Marie Ditto, 86, passed away January 21, 2019 at Joplin Gardens after a brief illness.
Ruth was born March 12, 1932 in Joplin, the daughter of Carl and Jessie Frizzell Murray.
She graduated from Joplin Senior High School in 1950 where she participated in the St. Cecilia Choir, Girls State and the Thespians Club. Ruth attended Joplin Junior College where she continued to be active in the choir. She was a member of Tau Phi Gamma sorority, the Sweet Adelines and a Community Concert series volunteer. She was a member of the Class of 1950 Reunion Committee.
She began her professional life in the advertising department at the Joplin Globe and moved to Vickers Inc. where she was secretary to the plant manager and controller. In 1968, she began a long and successful career as a Realtor working for several firms before retiring in 1998.
Ruth had tremendous patriotic pride and respect for all who served in the military. She loved the “Star Spangled Banner” and always enjoyed the opening ceremonies of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day. She inherited a thirst for knowledge, aided by a sharp memory and spirit of independence. Ruth also had a firm belief in God and loved Jesus.
She married Lloyd Ditto in 1953 and they had one son, John.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Murray of Joplin and uncles Paul Murray of Joplin , Glenn Murray of Desoto, Claude Murray of Lakewood, California and nephew Dr. Dennis Ditto of Joplin.
She is survived by her son, John Ditto of Beaver Lake, Arkansas, nephews Steve Murray of Joplin, Michael Murray of Springfield, and nieces Donna Love Cupp of Joplin and Brenda Holloway of Springtown, Texas. She also leaves many wonderful friends whom she valued tremendously.
A private graveside service will be held under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. All of Ruth’s friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life gathering from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Butchers Block Event Center, 499 West Fountain Road, Airport Drive.
In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to your favorite charity.