CANTON — Ruth Alice Cook Dayton, 84, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family and God’s Heavenly angels.

Ruth was born Sept. 12, 1934, in Jackson County and was the daughter of the late Ben Cook and the late Pearl Hooper Cook.

Mrs. Dayton had made her home in Haywood County most of her life, and she was loved by everyone blessed to know her.

Her faith was an important part of Ruth’s life. She was a dedicated member of Beulah Baptist Church where she had served as the chairperson of the church food pantry always having a great concern and compassion for those who may need a helping hand.

Ruth was a member of the church choir, a beloved nursery and Sunday School teacher and had proudly served on various committees in her church.

Mrs. Dayton dedicated her life to Lord and her church and her cherished presence will be deeply missed by her church family.

Ruth enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable garden, and she delighted everyone by sharing her knowledge of “canning” by teaching classes to friends and also family members.

Ruth loved her family dearly and she always placed the needs of others before herself. In the words of her family, “We will always remember her as one of God’s virtuous women.” Let us give thanks for the life of Ruth Cook Dayton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Eva Mae Rogers and Eleanor Phillips and brothers, Ed Cook and J.B. Cook.

Surviving are her loving husband of 68 years, Bill Dayton of Canton; a son, Michael Dayton and his wife, Pam of Canton; grandchildren, Rusty Dayton of Inman, South Carolina and Ashley Owen and Jonathan of Brevard; great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Titus Owen; sisters, Mary Helen Pressley of Canton and Ella “Sis” Rhodarmer and Tom of Canton; several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Beulah Baptist Church. Pastor Barry Clark will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Locust Field Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Dayton’s memory to MANNA Food Bank, 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28806

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Dayton family and words of comfort may be shared at

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