Elaine Ruth, 90, was co-owner of shoe store; her funeral is Monday
WARRENSBURG--Elaine Ruth, 90, of Warrensburg, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Western Missouri Medical Center . She was born Dec. 5, 1919, in Farragut , Iowa , the daughter of Edward M. and Nellie June (Cox) Barton. Elaine was a graduate of the 1938 class in Farragut, Iowa . She attended the Tarkio College in Tarkio, Mo. , for two years. She married Joseph H. Tallman Sept. 20, 1942. He was killed during the invasion of Europe in World War II on June 12, 1944. On Sept. 1, 1946, she married Bob Ruth at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. Elaine worked as a secretary for the Extension Office at UCM and was co-owner with her husband at Brown Shoe Store in Warrensburg.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Warrensburg and belonged to many church organizations. Elaine was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 67 years and member of PEO Chapter HW; volunteer for Western Missouri Medical Center Auxiliary and the Reach to Recovery (cancer organization); and loved to play bridge.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Ruth, of 63 years and from Warrensburg; a daughter, Becky Jo LaDuke of McPherson, Kan. ; a son, Robert Barton Ruth of Colleyville, Texas ; five grandchildren: Amy LaDuke, Scott LaDuke, Angie Ruth Buster, Shelly Ruth Hunter and Danny Ruth; and nine great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sisters: Marjorie Vaughn, Virginia Rea and Elizabeth Lorimor; and a brother, Duane Barton. Her funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday, July 26, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in Warrensburg, with the Rev. Eric Schmidt and Rev. Louis Lowe officiating.
A private family burial will be in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Mo . Pallbearers will be the grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg. Memorial contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or PEO Chapter HW and may be left at the funeral home.