Ruth Anderson

Jan. 12, 1925 – Aug. 20, 2019

TOPEKA — Ruth Anderson, Overbrook, died Aug. 20, 2019, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. She was 94.

She was born Jan. 12, 1925, at Exeter, Calf., the daughter of Miles Daniel Durkee and Percie Jane Severn Durkee. Her mother died just three months after Ruth was born. She grew up living with various relatives in Nebraska and Iowa as well as attending a boarding school in Gravette, Ark.

In 1943, she graduated from Baldwin City High School. In 1959, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Washburn University and her Masters of Education from the University of Kansas in 1966.

She was a 42-year educator primarily in the fourth and fifth grades. She also taught in many one-room schools in Shawnee, Osage and Douglas counties. She taught at Adaline School from 1943 to 1945, Pancake School 1948 to 1950, Howard from 1950 to 1951, Richland School from 1951 to 1963, Overbrook from 1963 to 1964, Tecumseh North from 1963 to 1965, and Tecumseh South from 1965 to 1987. Following her retirement, she worked at Overbrook Library well into her 90’s retiring in October 2016.

She was a member of Overbrook Bible Church, The Busy Bee Club and Overbrook Library Book Club. She was a very active member of the Overbrook community. She was a very social person and could always be found somewhere in town volunteering or helping others. She had long lasting relationships with her former students. Many of her students considered her their favorite teacher. She enjoyed sewing and was an avid reader.

She married F. Anderson June 28, 1944, at Lawrence. He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 1994, after 50 years of marriage. Ruth and Charles spent many years furthering their education together. In addition, they both spent many years farming and raising cattle.

Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Lois Bardales, and Elizabeth Cook.

She is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Gay, Holton; a grandson, Tim Morse and wife, Mellissa, Holton; three great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at Overbrook Bible Church, Overbrook. Interment will follow at Overbrook Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Overbrook.

Memorial contributions may be made to Overbrook Library and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524.

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