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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Obituary - Ruth Jean (Smith) Rhynerson

Ruth Jean Rhynerson, age 96, La Cygne, Kansas passed away Friday, February 19, 2021. She was born on October 8, 1924 in Mound City, Kansas the daughter of Walter "Buck" and Ida Simmons Smith. She graduated from Mound City High School in the Class of 1943. 

She was united in marriage to Charles Edward Rhynerson, while he was home on leave during World War II, on April 18, 1944. During the war she was employed at Key Industry in Fort Scott, Kansas. She also worked at Braemoor's Sewing Factory, cooked for the La Cygne and Prairie View Schools, and took care of things around the farm, including milking the cows when her husband was on the road working. 

Ruth was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and the Fiddlers and Pickers. She enjoyed playing piano, gardening, playing Canasta, sewing, quilting, and crocheting. She made numerous Angel Food cake's for many different birthdays. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Richard Smith, and a sister, Viola Burke. Ruth is survived by a son, Charles Edward Rhynerson, Jr(Debby), two daughters, Barbara Rhynerson, and Beverly Smith(J.), three brothers, Al Smith, Kenny Smith, and Robert Smith, a sister, Marjorie Rowe, five grandchildren, Brent, Bryant, Wesley, Travis and Kaysie, twelve great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

Funeral 2 pm Tuesday, February 23, Calvary Baptist Church La Cygne. Burial in Star Valley Cemetery. Visitation 12:30 to service time at the Church. Individual respects and guest registry 9 am to 5 pm Monday, February 22, Schneider Funeral Home, La Cygne Chapel. Contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Online condolences can be left at