Ruth Weideman Rick, 97, of Prairie Village, KS passed away on Nov. 25, 2011. A memorial service will be held at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, PV, KS on Sat., Jan. 14th at 2 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the memorial fund at the church. She donated her body to KU Medical Center for research. Her husband of 62 years, Gregory Rick Sr. and her sister Marie Coard preceded Ruth in death. Son, Dr. Gregory Rick, Jr. & Phyllis and daughter Roxann Holland & Bill; grandchildren Gregory Rick III, Jay Rick, Alan Holland, Brooke Rick Hoff, and Renee Holland Parcell; great- grandchildren Brady & Caroline Rick and Philip Hoff; nieces Judee Emison, Suzee Losasso and Nancee Olsen survive her. Everyone will dearly miss her, and her ashes will be placed with those of her husband’s in the Village Church Memorial Gardens. Ruth was born on Feb. 18, 1914 in Quincy, IL and moved as a baby near Swope Park where she and her sister Marie grew up on a small farm. She graduated from Paseo High School and the old Jr. College at 5th and Cherry. In 1957 she graduated from KCU with a BA in education and in 1967 she earned an MA from KU in Special Education of Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents. For ten years Ruth taught in Shawnee Mission secondary schools and for three years she taught 17 to 21 year old students who could not read at College High School in Bartlesville, OK. In 1936 she married Greg and traveled throughout the world seeing many countries and islands, except the Taj Mahal, which she hoped to visit. Beginning in 1946 they made many happy trips with family and friends to the Y Camp in Estes Park, CO. For five years during the 1970’s the couple so enjoyed living in Stavanger, Norway where Greg worked before retiring. Ruth had been an active member of Pilgrimettes, Chapter CA of P.E.O., and Village Presbyterian Church where since 1957 she served in various offices and participated in Mariners, Friendship Club, and Stephen Ministry. She volunteered many hours to Scouting, church, and service groups. Her favorite pastimes included painting, being with family and friends, Bible studies, reading, traveling, gardening, cooking, sewing, square dancing, playing bridge, attending musical and theater performances, hiking in Rocky Mountain Natl. Park or walking outside. Arrangements by: Signature Funerals, 8019 State Line Road, KC, MO 64114. (816) Signature Funerals; honoring life; honoring death. 8019 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 214-5174
Published in Kansas City Star on January 8, 2012
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