Share |

Ruthie Henry

mugshot

Ruthie E. Henry, 88, Gas, passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Born July 16, 1925, in Gas to Mark O. and Margaret Agnes (Titmus) Pierson, she graduated from Iola Senior High in 1943. Ruthie worked for the Social Service Department right out of high school for three years then for Social Rehabilitation Services, retiring after 40 years. Ruthie was presented with the diamond pin award for her 43 years of service from Governor John Carlin. She also worked for Joe Vandiver during tax season for 20 years.
On April 6, 1946, Ruthie married George G. (Bud) Henry in Nevada, Mo. He passed away Sept. 16, 1995.
She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary and Ladies VFW Auxiliary, was a volunteer and chairperson for the American Cancer Society for 46 years, Women’s Bowling Association, bowling up to age 87, and was a staunch Democrat. She was recognized as the longest living member of Gas City. Ruthie coached softball with her husband and they served as 4-H Horse project leaders. She served on the Gas City Planning Committee from 1975 to 1988 and was elected to the Gas City Council from 1997 to 2001.
Ruthie was a loving mother to her seven children, enjoyed her grandchildren, life, gardening, her flowers and was never shy to let you know her opinion.
Survivors include daughters Maggie Barnett, Iola, Pat Spencer (Ted), Gas, Julie Mader (Dave), Nevada, Mo.; sons, Mark Henry (Jerri), Gas, Rick Henry, Gas, Tim Henry (Teresa), Iola and Tom Henry (Jamie), Guy, Ark.; 25 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bud of 49 years, sister, Fern Tinnel, brothers, infant Forrest, Warren, Joseph and Benny Pierson.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. John’s Parish Hall.
The parish rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Catholic Church.
The funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Iola, with burial to follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Gas.
Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Cemetery, Fee’s Park or Bowlus Fine Arts Center and may be left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola.
Online condolences may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.

OBITUARIES

Neil Holloway

thumb

Neil W. Holloway, 86, Iola, formerly of Lone Elm, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Allen County Regional Hospital, Iola.He was born April 5, 1929, in Fort Scott, the son of Dewey and Maude (Cushing) Holloway. Neil graduated from Kincaid High School in 1947. Neil served... [More]

Stan Scoville

thumb

Stan Scoville, 69, Iola, died Saturday, May 2, 2015, doing what he enjoyed most, riding his bicycle on the Prairie Spirit Trail.Stan was born Sept. 5, 1945, in Lompoc, Calif., the son of Jess and Lottie (Hudoba) Scoville. He graduated from Iola High School and Pittsburg State... [More]

Mary Cleaver

thumb

Mary A. Cleaver, 64, Iola, died Monday, May 4, 2015, at her home.Mary was born Oct. 8, 1950, in Humboldt, the daughter of Walter Marion and Lucille Inez (Heimberg) Pollet. The family moved to Iola where she married John C. Cleaver on Oct. 18, 1968. They lived in Iola, Arma, and... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Grocer announces intent to locate in Iola

thumb

G&W Foods hopes to have a presence in Iola if Allen County Commissioners give the go-ahead.Based in Willow Springs, Mo., the grocery store chain has its sights on the land where the old county hospital sits. G&W has 26 stores across Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas, including... [More]

Jefferson students learn art of soda making

thumb

School projects have rarely been this tasty.A group of Jefferson Elementary School fifth-graders were shown how to make homemade root beer, a lesson served up by Iolans Brian and Traci Plumlee.The Plumlees have mixed their own soft drinks for years, Traci Plumlee said.“When... [More]

Community Health Center celebrates its expansion

thumb

PITTSBURG — Sunday recognized a wish come true, but don’t expect the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas to stop dreaming. In just 12 years the clinic has gone from a client base of 6,000 to almost 40,000 and has extended its reach from Pittsburg and Frontenac,... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

IMS track team leaps to strong finishes in final meet

thumb

BURLINGTON — Iola Middle School’s track season came to a close at Burlington on Friday. The seventh grade girls ended the season with a first place team finish. The eighth-graders finished in fourth of nine teams. The seventh grade and eighth grade boys each finished... [More]

Humboldt thinclads sprint past competition

thumb

NEODESHA — Humboldt High’s varsity track team competed at Neodesha on Thursday. The girls placed sixth of 10 teams. The boys took second of nine teams.Individual results follow:GirlsSierra Brinkerhoff; 200-meter dash, 28.96 seconds, fourth    Long jump,... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription