For her outstanding accomplishments as a 1st through 8th grade teacher, Ruth is recognized as on the Wall of Fame by her husband, Everett, and children, Sharlyn, Mark and Gary.
According to her family:
Ruth was born near Wakarusa, Shawnee County in 1918. She graduated from Lone Rock County School and Auburn High School. Ruth was valedictorian of her high school class. Ruth’s first teaching job was in a one-room school in rural Shawnee County, Kansas in the mid-1930’s. At that time, teachers in this setting were required to be able to teach subject matter in all eight grades. Along with being the classroom teacher, she was the music teacher and recreation leader. Due to the rural one-room school setting, there were times she was the janitor, the nurse, the school physiologist and the person in charge of “firing up” the heating stove on cold winter mornings. After her first year of teacher, she never had to apply for a job again. The county superintendent always recommended her. After several years of teaching in the rural school house, she was offered a classroom position in the Auburn Kansas grade school. She taught the lower elementary grades at Auburn until 1942, when she moved to the Silver Lake, Kansas grade school. In 1948, Ruth took on a new job that took her out the classroom and into the home. She was married on October 10, 1948. You can guess why she resigned. Her marriage and subsequent birth of her three children provided her with a new classroom. Her dedication to raising her children and working with her husband on their farm near Alma, Kansas took precedent over her career in the teaching classroom. Although she was not in a classroom, Ruth never stopped teaching. She taught piano to her own children, plus other children in the area. She supported her children in their education to the point that all three graduated from college. The First Methodist Church in Alma also benefited from her support, as she was the Christian Education Director for many years. Throughout the years, Ruth continued to teach, whether it was in the classroom or in the kitchen demonstrating the fine art of making fudge. After raising one daughter and two sons, she became the register of deed in Wabunsee County for 17 years. After she and her husband retired, they moved to Emporia and made over 276 wooden toys for Special Education students. It was a tribute to her lasting impression that on her 80th birthday, she received cards and correspondence from students that she had taught over 50 years before. She and her husband celebrated over 50 years of happiness together. Ruth died on February 18, 1999 of a massive heart attack. She is buried in Auburn cemetery.