Ruth  Evans


Ruth Marshall Evans, Riverton, KS, died peacefully in her home, March 18, 2019, surrounded by family and the beauty of Spring River that she loved.
Ruth was born October 20, 1928, in rural Altamont, KS. She married Russel Evans on January 29, 1949. The couple started Riverton Building Supply in 1969 and it continues today as a family business.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, two newborn sons, four sisters, Fern Monroe, Doris Mein, Marjorie Geren and Leah Sprecher. She is survived by her daughter, Ramona and Bill Harding, of Joplin, MO, and Wahwashkash Island, Ontario, Canada, and her son, Ron Evans, rural Riverton and sister, Lois Balkenhol, Emporia, KS. Also celebrating her life are her beloved granddaughters, Stacey Perkins Rock and Rev. Dr. Paul Rock, Prairie Village, KS, Jessi and Todd Marcus and Katie and Chris Stewart, Kansas City, MO, and grandsons, Adam and Kim Evans, Riverton and Payden Evans, Portland, OR. The constant joy of her life were her 10 great-grandchildren, Emily, Nathan and Claire Perkins Rock, Wells, Lincoln and Olive Marcus and George, Adeline Ruth and Penelope Stewart and Laurel Evans. Numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews of the Marshall and Evans families remember her with great love.
Ruth was one of those rare people who did not just watch life as it passed by, but rather wholeheartedly engaged through her faith, her love and care of family and her concern for those who just needed someone to listen to their story. She and her husband exemplified behind-the-scenes generosity, paving church parking lots, supporting local community centers, buying church vans and providing educational support, usually as anonymous donors. Frequently during off-store hours, those needing supplies would stop by their home, pick up the store key and were told, "just tell us on Monday what you took."
Ruth was a curious adventurer, having visited over 20 countries, many several times. She rode a camel in Egypt and on the back of a motorcycle in Taiwan, climbed over castle walls in England, took cooking lessons in France and Italy, fell asleep in the Dead Sea, floated down the Nile and the Amazon Rivers and stood on the top of Machu Picchu. Often she and her sisters were invited into the local homes of random strangers which they had befriended along the way. But nothing surpassed her love of creating beautiful celebrations in her own home for family and friends. She was the true north center of an interconnected network of friends and extended family. Wherever she went, be it to Pilates, Yoga or just a walk in the park, Ruth was that person who drew you in with her openness and obvious Christ-like spirit.
Visitation will be Friday, March 29, 2019, at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, 328 E. 12th St., Baxter Springs, KS, from 6:00 8:00 pm. Celebration of Ruth's life will be Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:00 am at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th, Joplin, MO. Ruth has been entrusted to Derfelt's Baxter Chapel for cremation. Arrangements under the direction of Derfelt¡'s Baxter Chapel.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church in Riverton, KS or a charity of your choice in memory of Ruth.
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