She was born and raised in Spokane the third of four daughters born to Arthur and Christina Dayton.
She attended local schools and graduated from North Central High School where she met the love of her life, James Perno.
They were married May 4, 1946 and enjoyed 50 years together before his passing in 1997.
Ruth was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her family, was an avid reader and loved to play pinochle.
After Jim passed away, she volunteered at both Holy Family Hospital and the Discovery Shop.
Ruth was preceded in death by both parents, her three sisters, her husband Jim and son Bruce.
She is survived by daughters Patricia Gemmill, Diane Kuntz (Wayne), Judy Struss, and daughter-in-law, Barbara Perno.
She also leaves behind grandchildren, Jeff Kuntz, Dominic (Betty) Kuntz, Kim (Maurice) Knight, Karen Perno, Sam (Ginger) Kuntz, Kevin Perno, Peter (Sharon) Kuntz, Patrick (Sanne) Kuntz, Andrew (Amanda) Gemmill, Mary (Ryan) West, Kayla (Matt) Rodriguez , Shaun Perno, and numerous great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
A private family committal service will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery where Ruth will be laid to rest with her husband.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur St., Spokane, 99202.
Rest in peace, Mama!