This article was excepted from the Ames Life and Times article in the Des Moines Register of April 15, 2004 entitled "Jones Receives Award for Diverse Service".

2004 Ruth J“Ruth Jones will receive the Carrie Chapman Catt Award on April 24 at the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Ames. “Ruth Jones' diverse service in the Ames community has been exemplary, the selection committee said. Not only has she worked on several significant study committees and given generously to the promotion of LWV issues before a variety of public bodies, but she has also encouraged others to join the League and provide leadership in their areas of expertise."

"In addition to serving twice as president of the local league, Jones has contributed her leadership to arts, music and the elimination of poverty." Jones was president from 1993 -95 and again as Co-President with Mary Jo Brearley from 2002-04. Throughout the years, Jones held numerous positions on the LWV of Ames Board of Directors.

She served for six years on the Ames Town and Gown Association board, including a stint as president. She served on the Ames Community Arts Council [performing arts].” In addition, Jones was appointed to the Ames Public Art Commission [works of art]. Jones was a Master Gardener volunteering untold hours of work on public gardens. She was always very active in her church serving on many different committees, Session, Deacons, taught Sunday School, and was named honorary member of Presbyterian Women. Jones was organist/pianist at North Presbyterian for 30 years.

If this wasn’t enough, Jones assisted those in need in her community. “She has been a volunteer leader as a family partner in the Beyond Welfare program. Her service on behalf of Beyond Welfare has been outstanding.”