Ruth Marie Konken, 90, of Smithville, Missouri passed away on May 14, 2022.
Ruth was born on November 25, 1931 to Joseph and Rebecca McFarland in Sterling, KS. She attended college, and soon after moved to Wichita, KS where she met her husband, Kenneth Konken, and they were married on July 6, 1959. They relocated their family to the Kansas City area when Ken took a job at TWA. Ken and Ruth were inseparable until Ken’s passing in 2003. They were members of the Boots & Bows square dancing club as well as, multiple RV Clubs and enjoyed travelling all across the United States. Ruth worked as a CNA for Spelman Hospital and even after she retired continued to volunteer for 17 more years. In her retirement Ruth, enjoyed tending to her flowers and was quite active at the Smithville Senior Center and Westbrook Senior Living, where she leaves behind many friends, including the staff.
Ruth is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth Konken; and brother, John McFarland. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by her children, Michael (Vicky) Konken and Cindy (Harold) Starbard; grandchildren, Janie Konken and Jeremy Petifurd; and many extended family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Terrace Park Funeral Home & Cemetery on Tuesday, May 17, with a viewing from 11am – 11:45am, followed by the funeral service and burial. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Bible Society .