She was born Feb. 19, 1941, daughter of Gene and Hazel Grimes Allen. She and Mike Schwartz were married April 23, 1960, in Cape Girardeau.
Ruth was a 1958 graduate of Jackson High School. She was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church of Jackson.
She worked at Sears 12 years, and then at Famous-Barrr 23 years as the human resource administrator, retiring in 2003.
Ruth enjoyed home decorating, sewing and cross stitching.
In addition to her loving husband, survivors include two sons, Mark (Becky) Schwartz and their son, Wade, of Cape Girardeau, and Matthew (Tonya) Schwartz and their sons Justin and Dylan of Jackson.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Allen.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Brian Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Cross Roads Baptist Church or Southeast Hospice.
Sympathy messages may be sent to the family online at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.