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Ruth Ensminger


Ruth A. Ensminger, 88, Iola, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.
Ruth was born Sept. 20, 1925, in California, Mo., the daughter of Lloyd and Margaret (Hawthorne) Lawson. She grew up in California, Mo., where she graduated from high school in 1945. Ruth attended Warrensburg State Teachers College and started teaching at age 17 and taught three terms.
On April 21, 1946, Ruth married Ralph Lee Ensminger at Eldon, Mo. They made their home on the Ensminger family farm northwest of Moran until 1994 when they moved to Iola. Ralph preceded her in death June 24, 2000.
Ruth was a homemaker and attended Fellowship Regional Church.
Survivors are her two daughters, Donna Boyd and husband, Dick, Moran, and Beth Loudabarger and husband, Lonnie, Mansfield, Texas; three grandchildren, Kent Boyd and wife, Shannon, Moran, Trenna DeLaGarza and husband, Tony, Pflugerville, Texas and J.D. Loudabarger and wife, Kelli, Lawrence; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Lex Lawson and his wife, Paula, and granddaughter Kimberly Holloway.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, at Fellowship Regional Church in Iola.
Burial will be at Moran Cemetery, Moran.
Memorials may be made to Fellowship Regional Church and left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola.
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