Ruth Marie Higgins passed away on February 2, 2024.  She was 88 years old.  Ruth died at Clare Bridge Center in Overland Park, Kansas surrounded by family.

Ruth was born August 20, 1935 in Salina, Kansas. She was the first of five children of Carl C. Ramsey and Agnes I. Hajny and graduated from Salina High in 1953.  She and her sisters waitressed long hours at The Casa Bonita restaurant owned and operated by her father.  Ruth graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas with Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics specializing in Art, 1957.  She then attended Kansas Wesleyan University, in Salina, Kansas taking classes part-time while working as an Interior Decorator at Collins Interiors Inc., and Stiefel’s Department Store 1958-60.

Ruth met the love of her life, Gerald G. (Jerry) Higgins (Solomon, Kansas) while attending Kansas Wesleyan and the two were married at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina Kansas on February 13. 1960. They were blessed with three children – Marc Stephen, Matthew Allen, and Maria Ann.

The couple settled in the Kansas City area and lived in Leawood, Kansas for 52 years.  Ruth taught 3rd grade at Noble Prentis School in Kansas City Kansas (1961), was librarian for Cure’ of Ars School (1966), and Educational Aid, Trailwood School, Overland Park, Kansas (1985).

Ruth graduated from Emporia State University in 1988 with a Masters Degree, Library and Information Management. She was a Library Media Specialist with the Shawnee Mission School District for 15 years, including Nall Hills Elementary School (1988-1992) and Corinth Elementary School (1993-2003).

Ruth and Jerry have been Cure’ of Ars parishioners for more than 60 years and Ruth attended weekly adoration.  Ruth dearly loved her grandchildren, Finnian, Gabrielle, and Quinn.  She had a passion for many hobbies and interests including sewing, decorating, needlepoint, collecting snowmen and turtles, and traveling with family to places such as Arizona, Bermuda, California, Hawaii, Mexico, and Texas.

Ruth is survived by her loving husband Jerry Higgins of 63 years, Overland Park, Kansas; children Matthew (Stacy) Higgins, Prairie Village, Kansas; Maria Higgins, Fairway, Kansas; grandchildren, Finnian, Gabrielle, and Quinn Higgins; siblings Peggy Reimer, Overland Park, Kansas; Jane (Everett) Haney, Overland Park, Kansas; Carl Ramsey, Sedona, Arizona; and Jerry (Shirley) Ramsey, Plano, Texas.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Agnes Ramsey and son Marc Stephen Higgins.

Ruth will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A Rosary will be held at Cure’ of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, Kansas, Friday at 4:00pm and a Funeral Mass will follow at 4:30 pm.  The family will receive guests for reception and visitation after Mass.

The Rite of Committal and burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 2078 E Iron Ave., Salina, Kansas, Saturday 11:00 am.

The family requests In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cure’ of Ars school library.

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