Ruth M. Miller
Ruth Maxine Miller, 94, of Eudora, died on December 24, 2015 at Medicalodges of Eudora.
Ruth was born July 16, 1921, the third of four children born to Edward N. and Huldah (Swenson) Whitton, in Kansas City, MO. The family moved to Kansas City, KS where she would graduate from Wyandotte High School (at the age of 16) and also meet her future husband.
Ruth Whitton and Vincent Groff Miller were married in Kansas City, KS on May 16, 1942. Vincent enlisted in the army and as he went to various training programs around the country, Ruth would also relocate to be with him. She returned home when Vincent was sent to England to pilot a B-24 Liberator.
Following the war, the couple lived in Sunflower Village before settling in Eudora, KS in 1951.
Family life centered on the Millers strong devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ. The Millers joined the Eudora Methodist Church and were active in the church. Ruth taught Sunday School for many years. Ruth also helped Vincent in many Christian endeavors including Youth for Christ, Christian Business Men’s committee, Christian tape ministry and helping others establish a Baptist Church in Eudora.
Ruth worked at Kaw Valley State Bank for 20 years, retiring as a Vice President in 1982.
Ruth and Vincent served several terms as Republican Precinct Committee members for Eudora. Ruth was a lover of antiques – one of her grandsons called her home the “museum” as it was filled with great antiques.
Three children were born to the Millers: April Bascom (Robert) of Marana, AZ; Karla Pierce (Randall) of Eudora; and David Groff Miller (Marjorie) of Eudora. All survive. Two grandsons also survive: Brett Skinner of Eudora and David Pierce (Cassandra) of Baldwin City, KS.
Ruth’s parents, her brother, two sisters, as well as her husband of 73 years preceded her in death.
The family will greet friends at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary-Eudora Chapel on Sunday, December 27, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. Private interment will occur on Monday at the Eudora Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Eudora Methodist Church or to Youth Front and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com
To April, David, Karla, and family members, I want to express my sincere condolences. Ruth was one of a kind, and the emphasis is on “kind”. She was my neighbor for years and I am thankful to have known her. She was a woman of great faith and integrity, who also loved a good story and catching up. No matter when you stopped by, she opened her heart and made real room for you. Ruth’s family met everything to her and I knew that even as a child. She was someone who left a broad mark, on those she crossed paths with, because of her sincere interest in so many. The world was a better place because of Ruth. My prayers are with all of you.
Ruth and Vincent were always welcoming to me when I would come home with April. It’s hard to lose one’s parents but know she is now with her beloved husband. April, David, and Karla, please accept my condolences. Prayers for peace and comfort.
David, my condolences on the loss of your mother, my thoughts are with you
aww! I didn’t know 🙁 She will always have a special place in my heart. She was a good friend when no one else was in school. I remember we use to sit and talk on her porch. She was always a breath of fresh air. She taught me that there were kind people in the world when I thought there wasn’t any. I will never forget her and I will always miss her.
When I was young, I remember the egg that you had in your bird-cage. You found it outside. I remember when I accidentally broke it. For years, I was trying to find you another one. Then I found one fully intact recently, alone, in the rain, and now I can’t give it to you because you passed on. I will take better care of it just for you. I will make sure it will never break. Thanks to you, those eggs are now treasures. I miss you dearly and miss all the talks we had. You were always an amazing person. I will never forget you.