In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Speedwell Southern Baptist Church Building Fund and left at the funeral home
Nina Ruth King, age 88, of rural El Dorado Springs, Missouri, died March 9, 2012, after a lengthy battle with heart and lung problems. She was a 50-year member of Eastern Star.
Ruth was born May 27, 1923, in Wolf Bayou, Arkansas, and grew up in Enterprise, Kansas, with six brothers: Lester, Dale, Doyle, Lloyd, Dean and Ray, and two sisters: Ava and Phyllis. They were the children of Peter and Alma (Landrum) Jackson. She and Francis M. King were married February 11, 1939, in Junction City, Kansas. They moved to El Dorado Springs from Cape Fair in 1994. They had lived in Laclede, Chillicothe and Parkville before moving to Cape Fair in 1958.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Francis; one daughter, Judy L. (Robert) Sands of Grandview, Missouri; two grandchildren: Rick (Sharon) Sands and Cheryl (Dave) Carson of Topeka, Kansas; five great-grandchildren: Christopher and Matthew Carson, and Jessi, Jenna and Jared Sands; two brothers: Lloyd (Twila) Jackson of Abilene, Kansas and Ray (Phyllis) Jackson of Enterprise, Kansas; and two sisters: Ava (Bill) Nowlan of El Dorado Springs and Phyllis Miller of Boston, Massachusetts.
Ruth dearly loved her time with the Eastern Star where she rose to the office of Worthy Matron and District Deputy Grand Matron in Galena.
She was a terrific cook and did wonders with the game that Francis shot or hooked. She enjoyed so much putting out a dinner of squirrel stew or quail or a plate of fried fish, hush puppies, green beans and sliced tomatoes. She did shock the family one time, though, when her ailing eyesight failed to read the spice labels correctly, subbing chili for cinnamon in her apple pie. They all ate the pie anyway and enjoyed the ensuing teasing.
In Cape Fair, Ruth managed Pebble Beach Resort which they had built along the James River are of Table Rock Lake. She would sit and talk in the evening with the cabin dwellers after all had spent a busy day in the outdoors. Many times her conversation turned to her many pets, including their favorite dog, Puddles, and Francisí hunting dogs, Sally, Lady and Little Bit.
Ruth and Francis joined Speedwell Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs and thoroughly enjoyed the membership and Sunday services.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with visitation before the service from 10-11 a.m. Rev. Harry Moore will officiate. Final disposition will be in Ft. Scott National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.