Violet Ring


November 21, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Violet Marguerite (Sprouls) Ring died Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019, in Iola, with her family by her side as she had lived her life with grace and dignity. She was revered by her family and admired by her friends. Violet was born Dec. 3, 1925, in rural Oakton, Mo., to Bert Andrew and Nellie Belle (Hininger) Sprouls. She graduated from Lamar High School in 1943.

Violet worked at the Ration Board in Lamar, Mo., during World War II until her marriage to Vernon Ring in 1944. After raising her children, she was a housekeeping supervisor at the Lamar Hospital, retiring after 20 years. She was married for 62 years. Upon Vernon’s death, Violet moved to Iola to be near her daughter.

Violet is survived by her son Gary Ring and wife Judy, Granby, Mo.; son Tim Ring and wife Marsha, rural Liberal, Mo.; daughter Joy Ring Westervelt, Iola; 10 grandchildren; Mindy, Tracy, J.C., Tod, Corey, Lori, Heather, Rauchel, Kelly, and Vernon Lee; 24 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; a sister;  Shirley Cook, St. Louis, Mo., a sister-in-law, Laverne Sprouls, Pittsburg, and several beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon; brother, Marion Sprouls, and sister, Vera Caruthers.

A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bible Fellowship Church, Iola. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Konantz Warden Funeral Home in Lamar, Mo., followed by interment at Nashville Cemetery, Nashville, Mo.


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