Ruth Ann Paddock

Private family services for Ruth Ann Paddock, 94, Lawrence, will take place at a later date.

Ruth Ann Paddock died Thursday June 16 at her home in Lawrence.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. A private graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

She was born December 6, 1927 in Carlyle, Illinois, the daughter of William Edmond and Lessie Irene (Gillett) Davenport. She attended McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. She also attended National College (now St. Paul’s School of Theology) in Kansas City.

She married James William Paddock on November 5, 1951. He survives. They celebrated their 70th anniversary last November. Other survivors include two sons and two daughters-in-law, Jim and Debbie Paddock and Joel and Elizabeth Paddock.

Mrs. Paddock was hired as the first director of religious education at the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence in the early 1950s. She later became the first woman to chair the Nominating Committee of the Methodist Kansas Conference. She was the first president of Chapter HZ, P.E.O. She was also active in the Jayhawk Audubon Society, Garden Club, Ladies Literary League, and a number of other community and voluntary organizations.

Ruth Ann was a kind and loving person who devoted her life to serving her family, friends, and community. She will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, Kansas 66044.