Monday, July 18, 2022

Obituary - Ruth Lowry

Ruth Lowry of Richards MO, passed away peacefully at her home on July 8, 2022. Daughter of William Hugh and Mary (Neptune) Johnson, she was born January 1, 1931. 

She lived on the family farm at Eve MO until her marriage to Airman Albert Warren (“Budge”) Lowry on July 25, 1952. To their union was born daughters, Lou Ellen and Carolyn and son, John. The family was dedicated to service with the United States Air Force until 1972.

At that time, they returned to Richards to make their home. Prior to his unexpected death in 1973, Albert and Ruth made the first payment on their farm. In 2011, she returned there to live out her life. In the years following her husband’s death, Ruth made her home in Nevada MO, Ottumwa IA, Wichita KS and Joplin MO.

Following graduation from Nevada High School in 1948 and receiving her teaching certificate from Pittsburg State, she held a variety of jobs beginning as a teacher in a one-room school and finishing her career as a supervisor with the Social Security Administration where she worked from 1973 until her retirement in 1990. Ruth often marveled at the extraordinary life she was given, the places she traveled and the people she met. Her life was supported by her strong faith in God and she filled it with love and service for her family, friends and church communities. At the time of her passing, she was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Nevada MO. Ruth will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ruth was preceded in death by brothers James (J.W), Olan and Bernard and sister Lois Fritter. She is survived by her brother Roy and his wife, Letha and sister in law Kay (Lynn) Johnson; Children: Lou Ellen, Joplin MO, Carolyn, Bryan TX, and John, Richards MO; Grandchildren: Marshal Lowry (Allison) Bryan TX; Katie and James Moncivais, Austin TX, Chris (Jessica) Moncivais, Marfa, Texas; Emily (Josh) Appeldorn Springdale AR, Erin (Tom) Evans Lenexa KS, John (Kirby) Lowry Bartlesville OK and Heather (Nathan) Glassman Denver CO; Great grandchildren: Isabella Appeldorn, Apollo Evans, Maelie, Georgie and Carmen Lowry and Ava Marie, Lucy, Joseph and Gemma Glassman.

At Ruth’s request, her body was donated to the University of Kansas Medical Center. Burial will take place at a later date in the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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