Ruth Ann Depriest


October 23, 2019 - 10:40 AM

Ruth Ann Depriest, 72, passed away peacefully on Oct. 12, 2019, at her home in Olathe.

Ruth was born Dec. 29, 1946, in Carthage Mo., the daughter of Nelson M. and Hazel Irene (Kunkler) Lemery.

Ruth’s family lived in Lamar, Mo., until moving to Iola around 1950 to be closer to family. Ruth attended school in Iola, graduating in 1964 from Iola High School.

After graduating, Ruth married James Depriest and they made their home in Olathe. Ruth and James later divorced. Ruth remained in Olathe where she worked in clerical positions in various businesses in the Kansas City area.

While Ruth preferred a quiet, simple life, she was always there to listen or lend a helping hand to family and friends. Ruth enjoyed reading, studying the Bible, and writing in her journals.

She is survived by two nephews,  Sebastian and John-Brandon Lemery, the sons of her brother, John Earl; two uncles, Russell “Rusty” Kunkler and Richard Kunkler; and numerous cousins and classmates that always kept in touch.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, sister Karen Lemery, brother John Earl Lemery, and two infant brothers.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday at the Highland Cemetery, Iola.


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