Ruth Garner Hayes

Ruth Garner Hayes, 92, of Richmond,  died at 1 a. m. Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at the North Care Hospice House in North Kansas City.
Ruth was born Oct. 3, 1920 in Knoxville, to Ira Lee and Susan (Smith) Rowan. She married Esta Ray Hayes of Braymer,  July 31, 1943. He preceded her in death Sept. 16, 1990.
Survivors include; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Trish Hayes of Richmond,  one granddaughter, Laurie Ann Hayes, two great-grandchildren, Alyssa Martinez and her husband, Ryan, Jesse O’Dell and one great-great-granddaughter, Brayleigh Martinez, along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Ruth was preceded in death by one brother, Ira Lee Rowan, Jr. two sisters, Lily Slade and Katherine Binggeli.
Ruth was a retired school teacher. She taught in several rural schools in Ray County for 21 years, before retiring in 1961. She was a Methodist. She lived in the Richmond area most of her life.Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 28,  at 2 p.m. at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 28,  from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Thurman Funeral home in Richmond. Burial will be in the Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery. Online condolences can be left on our Web site at

2 Responses to Ruth Garner Hayes

  1. Nancy Gant

    December 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    We said about your Mom passing, I always liked her, she was always nice to me, she would come into Economy Healthmart with her coupons,so sorry for your loss…Keeping you in our Prayers

    Dennis & Nancy Gant and Family

  2. John Rose

    January 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that Ruth passed away. Her mother, Susan, was my grandfather John’s sister. My mother, Frances, was Ruth’s 1st cousin. I met Ruth for the first time in 1998 at my mother’s funeral. I visited her shortly after, as I knew very little about my mother’s family, and wanted to know more. Ruth was very kind, telling me about the family as she fed me pie in her kitchen. She showed me a picture of the old Smith home, and a picture of the extended Smith famiy. She later sent me 8 x 11 copies of each. They are prized possesions.
    Reading that she was a teacher comes as no surprise, as it was obvious that she was a sharp lady, in addition to being a very sweet person.
    John Rose Aledo, Texas

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