Ruth M. Moreland
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Pitman Funeral Home, 904 S. Hwy 47 Warrenton, MO 63383
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Central Grove United Methodist Church, Truxton, MO
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Central Grove United Methodist Church for mission and outreach endeavors.
Ruth Matilda (Wright) Moreland passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the age of 94 years.
Ruth was born on December 19, 1920, in St. Louis, Missouri, the eldest child of John Robert “Bob” and Mabel (Stevens) Wright. She was raised by her grandparents, William and Rachel Stevens, in northern Warren County. She attended Weeks School through 8th grade and graduated from Kirkwood High School. She married Howard Frank Moreland on December 22, 1938. They raised four children and shared over 55 years together until Howard’s death in 1994.
In addition to working as a homemaker and farm wife, Ruth worked for several years at the shoe factory in Jonesburg and then as a Stanley Home Products dealer, holding parties in Warren, Lincoln, Montgomery, and St. Charles counties. In her church, Central Grove United Methodist, she was a Sunday school teacher, Bible school teacher and director, and member of the women’s group. She was a founding leader of Camp Branch 4-H Club and a member of Camp Branch Extension Club.
Ruth enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, and gardening. When she could no longer be physically active, she stayed in touch with friends and neighbors by phone. In 2009, she moved to the New Florence Nursing and Care Center, where she made many new friends and was very well cared for when she was no longer able to do things herself.
In addition to her husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Edith Moore and Jo Alexander, and her brothers John, Bill, and Roger. She is survived by her children, Karen Sanders of Cuba, Missouri, Richard “Dick” Moreland, Sr. of Truxton, Frances “Franci” (Stuart) Schwartz of Truxton, and H. Steven (Debbie) Moreland of Kansas City; her 11 grandchildren, Kevin Sanders of Big Sky, Montana; Kim (Larry) Rusk of Jefferson City; Michele (Jon) Young, of Valley Park; Brian (Kim) Sanders of O’Fallon; Richard “Rick” (Sally) Moreland, Jr., of Blue Springs; Charles “Charlie” Moreland of Warrenton; Nathan Schwartz of Truxton; and Tonya Landers, Ashley Landers-Henke, Dylan (Corrine Green) Moreland, and Danielle Moreland, all of Kansas City. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and one on the way; 6 great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Diana Wright of Warrenton; many “adopted” family members including Ricky and Nelka Lindsey of Cedar Hill; nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.
Ruth made the decision in 1977 to donate her remains to the School of Medicine at Washington University. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Central Grove United Methodist Church for mission and outreach endeavors