Ruth Evelyn (Marriott) King, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 6, 2020 at the age of 87.
Ruth was born June 30, 1933 to Elbert and Isa (Huff) Marriott in Stover, Mo., and was the youngest of eight children. After her father passed away in 1943, her brother Dan bought a farm and moved the family to Excelsior Springs, Mo. Soon after graduating from Excelsior Springs High School, she married the love of her life, Vernon King on August 9, 1952. With the help of her husband, Ruth was able to combine her love of people and fashion by opening Ruth King’s Fashions, where she was able to serve the Excelsior Springs community for over 34 years. Ruth was known for her infectious smile and her kind, compassionate spirit. She was close with the Lord and wore her faith on her sleeve. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon King; her son, Kevin King; daughter, Collette King; parents, Elbert and Isa Marriott; brothers, Dan, Harold, Estol and Floyd Marriott; and sisters, Veta Huffman, Clara Everhart and Linda Howard.
She is survived by her son, Cordell (Jennifer) King; grandson, Christopher (Allie) King; great grandson, Cohen King and granddaughter, Kaitlyn King; along with many nieces and nephews.
Ruth will lie in state from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, 217 W. Broadway, Excelsior Springs, Mo. A private family burial will be held at Lawson Cemetery, Lawson, Mo.
The King family offers a very special thanks to the wonderful staff at Oxford Grand of Shoal Creek, as well as the nurses at Encompass Hospice, for the loving care shown to Ruth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth’s memory to the Vernon King Memorial Fund, helping Ray County Veterans receive transportation to the VA Hospital. Donations may be mailed to 213 Valley Dr., Richmond, MO 64085.
Our Sincere Condolences
My sincere sympathy to the King family, I loved shopping at Ruth’s store in Excelsior Springs for many years, she had a great eye for fine fashion. Ruth was such a sweet lady, she had a smile and kind words for everyone she greeted.
GOD BLESS you Aunt Ruthie, you were always such a Sweetheart! Cordell, GOD BLESS you and your family. Ruthie you are now with so many of your HEAVENLY family and siblings. Till I see you again RIP.
Johnny Ray Everhart (Nephew)
Jim and I were so sad to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was such a nice lady. In past years, liked visiting her dress shop. Enjoyed seeing her at the HyVee deli a few times having lunch with her family. Our sympathy to her family.
Helen Kaeser and James Poorbaugh
Such a sweet lady. Loved going to her store.
Sending sympathy to Ruth’s family. I visited Ruth’s store in Excelsior since I was a child and in more recent years, made a point to visit with Ruth and Vernon after church services at PVBC–before their health limited them attending church. Ruth loved the Lord and was a classy, sweet, kind lady who will be dearly missed by many.
Ruthie was the best. I could always walk into her store and be greeted with a big smile. She always made me feel welcomed and accepted. Whenever I had problems making a decision about a purchase, I could count on an honest opinion from her said in the most gracious way.
She always looked perfect when she stepped outside her house. I know her rewards will be great in heaven.
Ruth was one of the sweetest ladies I ever knew. I loved to go to her store and just look and visit when she wasn’t busy. She will be sadly missed.
Bill and Lois Biggs
Ruth was one of kindest people I have ever met, she always had smile and was such a beautiful person inside and out! She will be missed, sending our deepest sympathy.
We were so sad to hear of the passing of this sweet, sweet lady. She was so kind and always had a smile and encouraging word for everyone. She has helped so many people in our community throughout the years. We will miss running into her while she was having lunch at the HyVee, but we will never forget her warm and beautiful smile. God’s blessings and peace for you all.
Merrillyn Stewart and Sherri (Stewart) Howard
Our deepest sorrow for your loss. You are in our thoughts.
Ron and Jill Huettenmueller
Our deepest condolences to Ruth’s family. We’re saddened by the news of Ruth’s passing. I always enjoyed shopping at her store & Ruth was always helpful & excited to pull out the “newest arrivals” to show me. My husband was always a last minute shopper, but he knew he could always count on Ruth to save the day! She was such a kind & caring person & will be missed by all who knew her. May you be blessed with comfort & peace in the days ahead.
Joyce & Bill Tuck
I just learned that Ruth passed away. She was always so kind to me. I used to write for the Excelsior Springs newspaper and did a piece on her when she closed her store and retired. She bought all the papers we had left and sent me flowers. She was just the kindest person and most gracious. As was her husband, Vernon. Heaven gained a true angel. My sympathy and condolences to her family!
Ruth was truly a great lady! I am sorry for the family’s loss and am just learning of her passing. I have no worries she is with our Lord and greeted by the many family and friends, who’s life she touched. Ruth showed all the grace, dignity and warmth anyone could have. She truly was the Proverbs 31 woman!