Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Obituary - Lori Grace Ruddick

Lori Grace Ruddick, age 63, resident of Nevada, MO, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS. She was born February 1, 1959, in Fort Scott, KS, the daughter of Alvin M. and Betty Pauli Ruddick. 

Lori graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1977 and received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS in 1982. She was in private practice at Alternatives in Mental Health since 1994 in Nevada, MO. She raised two children, Jeremy Adam Ruddick, and Abby Ruddick Simmons.

Lori had a passion for raising golden retrievers and Maltese for over 40 years. She lived for her children and dedicated her time to their community and school extracurriculars throughout their childhood. She spent summers, holidays, and many days in between traveling to the lake to spend time with family and friends.

Survivors include her mother, Betty Ruddick, Fort Scott, KS; her two children, Jeremy Ruddick and wife Nicole and their son Cooper, Lamar, MO, and Abby Simmons and husband Cody and their son Jackson R., Carl Junction, MO; her three sisters, Lisa and husband Ron, St. Louis, MO, Linda Burger, St. Louis, MO, and Leslie and husband Chris, Lee’s Summit, MO; her nieces and nephews Haley Trainor and husband Michael, Aaron Rucker, Nick Ogden and wife Taylor, Hannah Ogden, and Samantha Irene.

There was cremation. The family will hold private services with a public celebration of life to be announced at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Bourbon County CASA and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online quest book at

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