Mary Ruth Stoner

Born: Wed., Mar. 14, 1928
Died: Thu., Oct. 29, 2020

Graveside Service

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Mon., Nov. 02, 2020
Location: Allisonville Christian Church

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Mary Ruth Stoner died on October 29, 2020 surrounded by family after a brief illness. She was born March 14, 1928 to Arlie and Zelpha (Greaf) Sheffer.  She grew up in Salamonia, Indiana and graduated from Madison Township High School.  She lived most of her adult life in Union City, Indiana, and worked at the Westinghouse Small Motors plant located there. Mary Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of seventy years, Dale F. Stoner, who died in 2018.  
Mary Ruth was involved in numerous church groups over the years at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).   She was also involved in the ADO Sorority which gave her great pleasure and provided numerous leadership roles.    For many years, she and Dale worked Mondays at the local Help Center, and she was an advocate for helping others.
Mary Ruth was a tireless supporter of her children’s music, school and athletic activities and, in later years, those of her five grandchildren.   She made it a point to be at all their high school and college graduations. Mary Ruth had an amazing collection of depression ware and Madame Alexander dolls, enjoyed sewing, and made each grandchild a Swedish weaving blanket.
In retirement, she and Dale traveled to all fifty states, went through the Panama Canal, viewed The Oberammergau Passion Play, and loved winters in Sebring, Florida with their many new friends.    A person of deep faith, she read her Bible daily and later found a wonderful church family at Allisonville Christian Church in Indianapolis.
She is survived by Jean (David) Fox of Roslindale, MA; Jody Adelsperger of Hanover, PA; and Mark (Becky) Stoner of Indianapolis; five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and her brother Dale Sheffer of Oakland, CA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Allisonville Christian Church, 7701 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250.    An outdoor memorial service with social distancing and masks will be held on Monday, November 2nd at 11 am at Allisonville Christian.  Due to covid restrictions, a private burial service will be held at the Salamonia Cemetery for the immediate family.   For those wishing to contact the family online, please send email messages to or the funeral home at

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Wally and Linda Grant
   Posted Sat October 31, 2020
We will miss Mary Ruth as our wonderful neighbour in Sebring Florida. We think of Mary Ruth in conjunction with Dale as they were always together and the greatest volunteers for anytime there was a need. It was a pleasure to have known her for many years.

Vicki & Richard Seymour
   Posted Sat October 31, 2020
Jody, Marc and Jean; Mary Ruth will always be with you in your memories and you'll feel her love in your heart. You have our sympathy.

David Lingo and Patty Rooney-Lingo
   Posted Sun November 01, 2020
Jean, Jody and Mark:

Our hearts go out to you on the loss of your mother. I will always remember
your mom as strong and available in times of family needs. It is hard to imagine that our parents generation is nearly gone. Your Mom will be missed but not forgotten.

Love, Dave and Patty

Judith A. Stoner Lane
   Posted Sat November 07, 2020
To the family of Dale and Mary Ruth. Mary Ruth was my cousin. My mother, Henrietta was Uncle Arlie’s youngest sister, was the youngest daughter of Henry and Etta Sheffer. I remember all the family reunions. They were so much fun. Your mother, Mary Ruth, was so sweet and I always remember her beautiful smile and laugh. I remember your Dad. He was such a sweet man. My condolences to everyone in your family. God Bless.

Judith Lane
   Posted Sun November 08, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Mary Ruth was my first cousin. Uncle Arlie was brother to my mother, Henrietta Sheffer Stoner. I always remember Mary Ruth’s smile and her laugh. Condolences to your family. May she Rest In Peace with Dale.

Marla Threewits
   Posted Tue November 24, 2020
Dear family of Mary Ruth Stoner,

We just now learned of Mary Ruth's passing. We were so sorry to hear of it. You have our deepest condolences. Cherish the wonderful memories of your sweet mother.

Steve and Marla Threewits

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