Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
OBITUARY ~ RUTH LORENE (MILLIKEN) RAINES
Ruth Lorene Raines was born December 18, 1913, on the family farm southwest of Lenox, Iowa, to Clyde H. and Anna Wurster
Milliken. She departed this life August 9, 1987, at the Ringgold County Hospital, Mount Ayr, Iowa, at the age of 73 years,
eight months and nine days.
Ruth spent her childhood and finished high school in Lenox, and furthered her education
at Southwestern Community College, Creston. Following college she taught country school at Grove Center near Lenox
for one year.
Ruth was united in marriage to Lyle Raines on July 28, 1947, having recently celebrated their 40th
wedding anniversary. For over 30 years they resided in Kansas City, until they moved to their new home at Sun Valley Lake
10 years ago.
Ruth worked for the city of Kansas City for several years and then worked for Armoco Steel of Kansas
City for 25 years, until her retirement.
Ruth was a long-time member of the First Christian Church of Kansas City. Her
hobbies included knitting, crocheting, reading, ceramics, bowling, and her flower garden. She dearly loved her grandchildren,
and one of her greatest joys was to share with them at the family Christmas parties.
Survivors include her husband, Lyle;
one son, Clyde (Helen) Belding, Lenox; four grandchildren, Rodney (Joan) Belding, Denise (Dave) Reynolds, Jan (Tom)
Reed, Jolene (Dave) Gourley; ten great-grandchildren: Shilo, Brooke and Amanda Belding, Pagie Reynolds, Cory, Cody and
Cole Reed, Justin, Mitchell and Beth Gourley; two sisters, Bertha (Melvin) Williams, Lenox; Doris (Harold) Baxter,
Omaha, Neb.; one aunt, Ruth Wurster, Lenox, and several nieces and nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial has been established to the United Methodist church of Ellson, Iowa.
Funeral services were held August
12, 1987 from the Coen-Beaty Funeral Home, Lenox, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Jack Kendall. Music was provided by Norma
Paymal, organist, and Rev. Jack Kendall, vocalist, who sang "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."
were Rodney Belding, Tom Reed, Stephen Reed, David Reynolds, Dave Gourley and Jeff Reed. Burial was in North Fairview
Cemetery at Lenox, Iowa.
Submission by Mike Avitt, June of 2013
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