Ruth Marie (Lutes) Bradley, 88, was born on July 21, 1925, to Jessie F. Lutes and Margaret "Maggie" F. Morlan in Roscoe, MO. She went to her heavenly home on Sunday, January 19, 2014, following a courageous and lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Ruth spent her childhood in Roscoe with her two brothers, Emmett and Ora Ray Lutes. She was extremely close to her cousin, Lillie (Lutes) Francis, who was the sister she never had. Ruth contracted Polio at the age of five but refused to let the disease control her life. She went on to do numerous things despite the disease. Ruth graduated from Roscoe High School in May 1942. After receiving a scholarship, Ruth moved to Kansas City where she attended Central Business College. She then went to work for Pratt & Whitney as a stenographer.
During World War II, Ruth began corresponding with Clinton David Bradley, a friend of her brother, Emmett. The correspondence led to a friendship that blossomed into a deep, abiding lifelong love. Clinton and Ruth were united in marriage on July 24, 1946, in Baraboo, WI, by Reverend James E. Austin at Lyons Church of God. Not long after they were married, they moved to Nevada, MO. They began attending Pine Street Baptist Church, where they were baptized on January 9, 1949. Wanting to live on a farm, Clinton and Ruth then moved to Filley, MO.
God blessed Clinton and Ruth with four beautiful daughters - Frances Marlene, Gayle Lynne, Lori Ann, and Lisa Jo. Amidst raising their daughters, Ruth began working at Cedar County Memorial Hospital as a bookkeeper/accountant. Later she went to work for MFA as a bookkeeper/accountant, where she would retire from in 1985. Selflessly, Ruth took care of Clinton for many years until his death in 2001.
Ruth loved to play the piano and organ, especially old hymns. She enjoyed reading, sewing, doing word searches and crosswords, and going fishing and out on the boat.
In later years, Ruth would meet Linda Mae Lockhart, who would become a daughter of her heart.
During her lifetime, Ruth's faith was evident in all that she did. Whether raising their children, keeping house, or working outside the home, Christ's love was evident in all that she did. Ruth truly embodied the spirit of Christ. Ruth rededicated her life to Christ in August 2004 by being rebaptized in Stockton Lake by Pastor David J. Pelto of The Son Has Risen Ministries.
Ruth was able to remain in her home the last 13 years of her life with the constant care of her family. Her faith was strong to the very end.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Clinton Bradley; daughter, Gayle Alexander; parents, Jessie and Maggie Lutes; brothers, Emmett and Ray Lutes; cousin, Lillie Francis; and two great-grandchildren.
Ruth is survived by her daughters - Marlene Bullard, and her husband, Jim, of Bolivar; Lori Berry, and her husband, Gene, of Walker; Lisa Bradley of Bolivar; and Linda Lockhart of Bolivar. Ruth is also survived by her eight grandchildren - David Smith of Marionville; Kendra Bausch, and her husband, Brien, of El Dorado Springs; Tracie York of El Dorado Springs; Chastity McCullick, and her husband, Mike, of El Dorado Springs; Jeremy Alexander, and his wife, Emmy, of El Dorado Springs; Stacie Young, and her husband, Ron, of Marionville; Trent Berry, and his wife, Heather, of El Dorado Springs; and Clinton Berry, and his wife, Belinda, of Nevada. She is also survived by her 21 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, nephews and neices, two dear friends - Tressa Ryan and Darlene Higginbotham, a host of family and friends, and grandkitties and grandpuppies. Ruth will be greatly missed by all.
Services will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Musical selections will be Hello Mama, Wind Beneath My Wings, The Old Rugged Cross, and Heroes of the Faith. Interment will be in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Gene Berry, Trent Berry, Clinton Berry, Mike McCullick, Brien Bausch, and Ron Young. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Lutes, Richard Hill, David Smith, Jim Bullard, and Ed Morlan.