Ruth Janice Barton (nee Graff), 91, of Vermilion, died Friday, November 15, 2019 at Mill Manor Nursing Home after a brief illness. She was born November 3, 1928 in Fort Wayne, IN and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 47 years moving from Milwaukee. Janice was a lifelong member of the Vermilion United Church of Christ Congregational where she sang in the Chancel Choir for many years. She had served as coordinator of the mobile meals program and was active in the Abigal and Marmaru Women's Circles. She was a charter member of the women's bridge group and had served as the Publicity Chair for the Board of the Friends of Ritter Public Library. In addition to her deep love for her husband, children and grandchildren, she loved music, books, traveling, camping, exploring our western mountains, and the work of academia via Elder Hostels at colleges all over the Eastern US. She loved the theater, stagecraft and had been active in that world before moving to Ohio. She is survived by her sons, Jeffrey (Stephanie) Barton of Grand Rapids, MI and Alan (Michelle Caja) Barton of Cleveland; 3 grandchildren, Matthew (Samantha) Barton, Elizabeth (Shawn) Luskey, and Michael (Ashley) Barton; and great granddaughter, Jocelyn Luskey. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Joseph F. Barton; parents, Charles and Anna Graff and her sister, Virginia Whitney. The family will receive friends on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 5:30 pm at the Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermilion, Ohio. Reverend Melinda Quellhorst will officiate. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Monongahela Cemetery , Monongahela, PA. The family suggests memorial contributions to UCC Music Ministries, 990 State Street Vermilion, OH 44089 or Starr Commonwealth, 13725 Starr Commonwealth Road, Albion, MI 49224. Online condolences may be made at www.riddlefuneralhome.com.