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Ruth Harris

Ruth Harris

Thursday, July 30th, 1925 Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Ruth Harris

Ruth Harris graduated Tuesday morning April 28, 2020 in Derby, KS from her 94 year-old fleshly body to her eternal body in Jesus Christ. The old hymn, “This World Is Not My Home” was a favorite, often sung by Ruth while playing her guitar. Listeners always requested her two signature songs, “The Great Speckled Bird” and “Wabash Cannonball!”

The daughter of William and Floy Hollingsworth, she was raised in the rural area near Akron, KS. Ruth always loved working outdoors, riding her horse Buck, and running traps before school to earn extra money.

On May 1, 1943 she married her sweetheart, Ernest Harris and they were blessed with four children and 69 years together in marriage. During this time, they labored together on the family farm. Ruth always had a plentiful vegetable garden and many flowers. When she wasn’t making projects in her wood shop you could find her fishing in their big pond. Also, well known for her delicious bread, Ruth was often asked to demonstrate to 4-H and school classes.

Always willing to help, she was active in her church, as well as enjoying being a member of Udall TOPS Club.

After Ernest died, Ruth moved from the farm to Derby Assisted Living where she enjoyed the past seven years.

Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn (Joe) Ramsey, Dianne (Jim) Reuther and Sandra Groene, along with 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; son, Martin Harris; parents; and all of her siblings.

A public viewing (within restricted guidelines of 10 people at any gathering) will be held Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Smith Mortuary, Derby.

Due to the current virus restrictions, the immediate family will hold private services on Friday, May 1, 2020. Burial will be at the Udall Cemetery. Happy 77th Anniversary Mom and Dad!



Memorials may be sent to Good Shepherd Hospice, 7829 E Rockhill Ste 403, Wichita KS 67206, Udall United Methodist Church, 305 S Church, Udall KS 67146, or Udall Senior Citizens, 101 E First, Udall, KS 67146.

A recording of the service will appear on this website no later than May 2, 2020.

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    Thursday, April 30th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Smith Mortuary, Derby
    1415 North Rock Road
    Derby, Kansas
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    Thursday, April 30th, 2020
    3:00pm - 8:00pm

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juanita carr

Our thoughts go out to all of the family.
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Clovr/Blue Dart Ventures Team

Dear Katherine & Family, Sending our sincerest condolences for your loss. Saying prayers for peace & comfort to you all during this difficult time.
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Katherine Ramsey

Thank you so very much.....your love and generosity is felt by our family. Love and appreciate each of you! - Katherine, Trent, and all of the Ramsey family
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Linda Burnside

So sad to hear of Ruth’s passing, but I’m glad she is at rest. When Marty passed, I remember she said that he was now at a big party in heaven. Well, Ruth, enjoy the party! My love to you all.
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Tracy N Janet Bush

Well this saddens my heart! Loved Ruth and will remember her great enjoyment at just discussing virtually any topic. Oh, and I LOVED her bread!!! Know you all will miss her dearly... Thinking about you .... and know she is smiling.
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Sarah Martin

Ruth Harris was such a beautiful person both inside and out. I don't think I every heard an unkind word from her. She was truly a lady that loved her Lord, her family, and her friends. I will miss her, the stories that she shared, the faith that she always showed, and her beautiful smile. Ruth has been ready to go home for some time, so happy that she will be there for her and Ernie's wedding anniversary. We will all miss her but she is where is lived her life to be. Love you Ruth Harris.
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