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     Ruth Holland, age 86, of Liberal, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

      Ruth was born August 10, 1925, near Sheldon, Missouri, one of the nine children of Sterling and Minnie (Duggins) George.  She attended Prairie Center Grade School northwest of Sheldon and Sheldon High School.  On January 9, 1943 at Sheldon, Ruth married Howard Truman Holland and they had celebrated 46 years together before his passing on August 24, 1989.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers including a stillborn infant, Les, Ray and Sam George; and three sisters, Velma Garwood, Margaret Lightner, and Ellen Bowker.

      Survivors include two sons, Howard & wife Louise Holland, Liberal, and Donald D. Holland, Lamar; a sister, Martha Gordon, Lamar; three grandchildren, Curt & Mary Holland, Nashville, Tennessee, Tina & Phil VanKirk, and Tim Holland, all of Lamar; six great-grandchildren, Amber Holland, Kelsey (Holland) Lin, & Brooklin Holland, Shelby, Shanda, & Kelly VanKirk; and a large extended family.

      In addition to being a homemaker, Ruth had worked at Fort Scott, Kansas for Aaron's Poultry and The Pottery.  She will be remembered by many for her 20-year career as an independent Stanley Products dealer and for all the berries purchased from the Holland Strawberry Patch.  Always active in her community, Ruth was a member of the Christian Church of Liberal, the Refund Club and the Sisters Club.

      Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 27th at the Christian Church of Liberal where the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time.  Burial will be in Worsley Cemetery.

      Memorial contributions are suggested to the memorial fund of the Christian Church of Liberal or Worsley Cemetery in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#7 Deerfield, MOKay Johnson 2012-01-03 21:47
So sorry to hear about Ruth. She was such a great lady. When I would see her she always had a smile on her face and kind words to say. I always enjoyed those Stanley parties she would have for us years ago. We will all miss her.
#6 Nevada, MOConnie Prettyman 2011-12-26 09:29
Louise & Family: Hugs to you, so sorry to hear about Ruth. I had Stanley parties with her when I lived in Mulberry, Ks. Have known her a long time. May she go with God forever, and may he bless her family forever.
#5 Clinton, MOBob and Arvie Fenwick 2011-12-24 07:08
Dear Friends, Howard, Louise, Tina and Curt and all your family.... Arvie and I grieve with you in Ruth's passing but of course we rejoice with you too in her victory in Jesus! What a blessing to have completed your mission and kept the faith and now to rest and praise the Lord Jesus for His amazing grace! Our love and prayers attend you and yours and we hope for an opportunity to see you all soon. Until then..... Bob and Arvie
#4 Lamar,MissouriRichard Ryan 2011-12-23 10:58
Sorry to hear of Ruth`s passing. She was a sweet lady. Will always remember how much she enjoyed our music at Maple Senior Living, especially how she always looked forward to hearing Joe Smith.

Richard Ryan
#3 Lamar, MOGayla Swarens 2011-12-23 08:27
My deepest sympathy in the loss of a very wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with your families.
#2 Carl Junction MOJoan McFarland 2011-12-23 07:40
To all the family: My deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of Aunt Ruth. I am so glad we girls got to visit with her in September. We will miss her and I know that you will also.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Joan
#1 Nixa, MissouriMrs. Gracelyn Hinds 2011-12-23 07:04
Family of Aunt Ruth:
So sorry to hear about Aunt Ruth's passing. She was our last one in that generation. I am so glad Gladys, Joan, and I visited with her in September. Enjoyed the visit and seeing her. She was a dear Aunt and I will miss her not being here, even though I didn't see her as often as I would have liked. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. Hope to see you all soon. Love, Gracelyn

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