Ruthanna Volk Kew

Inurnment services for Ruthanna Volk Kew, 99, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 3, at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Atchison, KS.

Mrs. Kew died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at the home of her daughter in Lawrence.

She was born Nov. 2, 1911, in the Camp Creek Community of Atchison County, Kan., the daughter of John Sr. and Regina Abbuehl Volk. She graduated from Atchison High School in 1931, and later attended Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison.

Mrs. Kew was a homemaker, and was active in PTA, Girl Scouts, the Atchison County Historical Society, the Atchison Coin and Stamp Club, Shepherd’s Center, Atchison County Extension Homemaker’s Parallel Unit, and Archeology Club. She was a member of First Christian Church of Atchison, where she was a deaconess emeritus and held many CWF offices throughout the years. She moved to Lawrence in 2002, where she made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, and played an active role in the growth and development of her great grandchildren.

She married Harry L. Kew in 1933. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, J. David Volk and Harold Volk.

Survivors include a daughter, Martha Jacobson and husband Gene, Lawrence; two grandchildren, Mindy Downs and husband Mike and David Jacobson and wife Jen; and four great grandchildren, Caleb and Mikayla Downs, and Emma and Noah Jacobson.

The family suggests memorial contributions to First Christian Church in Atchison, or Douglas County VNA, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

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Messages & Condolences

From Vicki Willmeth Leafblad...

I am sorry to hear of your loss. You were so fortunate to have your mom this long. She fought the good fight. She & mom were such good friends and had such a good time together. I always enjoyed visiting with your mom when I was in Atchison. I know you will miss her. She did so enjoy living with you & having visits with her grandchildren as well as the great grandchildren. My deepest sympathy to you & your family.

From Alnoma Flachsbarth...

Martha, checking the latest news from Atchison today brought your mother’s sweet face into view. Goodness, how the years fly! My sympathy to you and your family. It’s really tough losing a mom and grandmother. A huge hunk of our personal history goes away fast. You will think of her always. My mom has been gone since 2001 and my heart still skips a beat when I think of things that I want to tell her. Take good care of yourself in the months to come. You will smile often as you remember all the happy years you shared. Sincerely, Alnoma.

From Soni Moranz...

I lived across the street from Ruthanna in Atchison on Laramie, my daughters Amy and Sara just loved your mother she would sit outside with them and would play games. If I couldn’t find Sara I always knew she was with your mother inside doing something fun. What a wonderful women she was. May God bless your family at this difficult time and grant you his peace.
Soni Moranz

From Jean (Althaue) Fields...

Martha, I just saw in the paper this morning that you mother died. I am so glad that you had your mother in your home the past 9 years. You will always remember those good times together. Just wanted you to know how sorry I am for your loss. She sure had a long life. Sincerely, Jean

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