Ruth Foust Jones died at her home on the 8th of August 2012. She passed peacefully with the help of Hospice and her caregivers.
She was born in Owensboro, Kentucky on 24 February 1913. Her father, John L. Foust, was superintendent of the Owensboro City Schools, and her mother, Georgia Conner Foust, raised their three children Wayne, Geneva and Ruth. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Randolph Macon women’s college, Mrs. Weldon Jones moved from Owensboro to Frankfort in 1940. Three years later she began teaching algebra, geometry and general math at Frankfort High School. During her years at FHS she was also sponsor of the Junior Science Club and the Junior Y Teens. She was also one of the originators of the Leathers/Jones/Viel Math Award. After 32 years of teaching, Mrs. Jones retired in 1975.
After retirement from teaching, she served as an officer in the Frankfort Women’s Club, the Garden Club of Frankfort, the Lindsey Hill Fund, the American Association of University Women and the Board of Retired Teachers. She also was a great supporter of national and international conservation efforts and the Democratic party.
She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Frankfort for 72 years. As a member, she had been a newsletter volunteer, an officer of the Wesleyan Guild, on the board of the United Methodist Women and involved with the Kavanaugh Sunday school class. Being a math teacher, Ruth was always the designated treasurer.
Ruth was an avid gardener, growing and sharing her roses with most all of Frankfort. She was the former Frankfort women’s tennis champion and also a violinist. She played at FHS assemblies, Sunday school and family and friend’s weddings.
Her parents, her husband Weldon Jones, her brother Wayne Foust, her sister Geneva Foust and her niece Anne Wightman precede her in death.
Survivors include her niece Jane Gilbert (and her husband Dr. Hugh) of Owensboro, four great-nieces, one great-nephew, and several great-great nieces and nephews. Survivors by marriage include nephew Kenneth Jones (and his wife Patti) and Doug Jones (and his wife Carol) of Paducah and their children and grandchildren. She is also survived by Mary Frank Slaughter, longtime friend and neighbor.
Remembrances may be sent to Hospice of the Bluegrass, the Senior Companion Program of the Bluegrass Community Action Partnership, and Franklin County Council on Aging.
Services will be held graveside at the Benton Cemetery on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Gene Gilliland, a retired minister and friend of the family, will conduct the service. Visitation will be held in Rogers Funeral Home today from 4:30 until 8:00 p.m.