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Ruth Elaine Spears Tripp Larson

Female 1931 - 2019  (88 years)


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  • Name Ruth Elaine Spears Tripp Larson 
    Born 5 Mar 1931  Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1 Aug 2019  Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cremated 9 Aug 2019  Rossville Cemetery, Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9219  Rossville
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2020 

    Father LaVerne Herbert Spears,   b. 20 Sep 1906, Louisville, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1991, Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Edna Iona Vilven Spears,   b. 11 Aug 1908, Wamego, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 2002, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 3 Dec 1927  Seneca, Nemaha County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Documents
    Anniversary- Spears, LaVerne and Edna 1
    Anniversary- Spears, LaVerne and Edna 1
    Spears Couple Will Observe Golden Anniversary Sunday

    A golden wedding anniversary open house will honor Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne H. Spears from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, 1977, in the Rossville United Methodist Church, Rossville, Ks.

    Friends and relatives are invited to attend; the couple requests that no gifts be presented.

    Hosts will be their daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Leonard Cook, and Ruth and Bill Larson, all of Rossville.

    Edna Vilven and LaVerne Spears were married December 3, 1927, in Seneca, Ks. They have operated a farm near Rossville since 1928. Mr. Spears served as agency manager of Farm Bureau Insurance Services in Shawnee County 32 years until he recently retired. He served 10 years in the Kansas House of Representatives; served 17 years as councilman or mayor of Rossville City; two years as president of Kansas League of Municipalities; and was Worthy Grand Patron of Grand Chapter of Kansas Eastern Star in 1962-63. Mrs. Spears is past president of the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, and past president of the Legislative Wives Association.

    Mr. and Mrs. Spears have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
    Anniversary- Spears, LaVerne and Edna 2
    Anniversary- Spears, LaVerne and Edna 2
    60th Wedding Anniversary
    For Edna and LaVerne Spears
    A 60th wedding anniversary open house will honor Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne H. Spears from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 1987, in the Rossville Community Center.

    Friends and relatives are invited; the couple requests no gifts be presented. Hosts will be their daughters and son-in- law Helen Cook and Ruth and Bill Larson, all of Rossville.

    Edna Vilven and LaVerne Spears were married December 3, 19278, in Seneca. They operated a farm near Rossville since 1928. Mr. Spears served as agency manager of Farm Bureau Insurance Services in Shawnee County for 32 years until he retired in 1971. He served 10 years in the Kansas House of Representatives; served 17 years as councilman or mayor of Rossville City; two years as president of Kansas League of Municipalities; and was Worthy Grand Patron of Grand Chapter of Kansas Eastern Star in 1962-63. Mrs. Spears is past president of the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, and past president of the Legislative Wives Association.

    Mr. and Mrs. Spears have five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
    Family ID F2650  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Henry Sanford Tripp 
    Married 22 Apr 1951  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Documents
    Marriage- Spears, Ruth-Tripp, Henry
    Marriage- Spears, Ruth-Tripp, Henry
    Spears-Tripp
    Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Spears of Rossville, Kansas announce the marriage of their daughter, Ruth Elaine too Mr. Henry Sanford Tripp, son of Mrs. Sarah Johnson of Clay Center, Kans.

    The wedding took place Sunday, April 22, at 2 o'clock in the Rossville Methodist church. The Rev. Don L. Jones performed the double ring ceremony before an altar decorated with baskets of pink gladioli and yellow snapdragons, palms and four candelabra decorated with olive leaves yellow clematis and holding lighted white tapers. The pews were marked with white satin bows decorated with initiated red hearts.

    Mrs. Joe Campbell, violinist, accompanied by Mrs. Don Berkey at the piano played four Nuptial selections before the ceremony. Mrs. Don Berkey sang, "Intrigue Me Not to Leave Thee," and "My Hero," preceding the ceremony and "Wedding Prayer" at the close the ceremony. She was accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Joe Campbell who also played the traditional wedding marches.

    The bride given in marriage by her father was lovely in a dress of white nylon net and chantilly lace. The dress was fashioned with lace bodice long pointed lace sleeves, net yoke and net ballerina-length skirt with points of lace extending deep into the skirt. The finger-tip-length veil of bridal illusion trimmed with chantilly lace was held in place by a tiara of seed pearls. She carried an orchid with white satin streamers on a white Bible.

    Mrs. Junior Dick was matron of honor wearing a pink dotted organdy dress with full ballerina-length skirt. She wore a veil of pink net and pink mitts. She carried a colonial bouquet of white gladioli and yellow clematis.

    Mr. Junior Dick was the groom's best man. The ushers were Mr. Earl Tripp brother of the groom and Mr. Donald Queen, brother-in-law of the bride.

    Mrs. Spears chose for her daughter's wedding a navy blue lace dress with white and yellow accessories. Mrs. Johnson wore a grey dress with white and black accessories. They both wore corsages of white gardenias and yellow clematis.

    A reception for all present was held in the church parlor following the ceremony. The four tiered wedding cake was cut by Mrs. Earl Tripp assisted by Mrs. Wallace Vilven. Mrs. Wilford Vilven, aunt of the bride, poured the punch. Mrs. Charles Keller was in charge of the guest book and Miss Shirley Jean Lambert was in charge of the gift table. Other friends assisting were Mrs. James Wade, Mrs. Howard French, Mrs. Ralph Page and Mrs. Roy Gentry.

    For traveling, the bride chose a navy blue gaberdine three piece suit with mauve pink accessories. She wore a pink orchid.

    After a weeks wedding trip over the northern route to California the couple will make their home near San Diego, Calif., where Mr. Tripp will be stationed with the U.S. Navy.

    Mr. and Mrs. Tripp are both graduates of Rossville High School. Mrs. Tripp attended Kansas State college, Manhattan three semesters. Mr. Tripp has been with the U.S. Navy the past three and one half years. He is Aeronautics Technician second class with Fighter Squadron 111. He was attached to the Aircraft Carrier the Philippine Sea which has been in Korean waters the past nine months.

    Those from out of town attending the wedding were: Mrs. L.F. Hare, Mrs. Sara Johnson, Mrs. Myra Johnson, Mrs. Mildred Glaze, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hare, Richard and Larry and Mrs. Florence Hare all of Clay Center, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Victor Jones and son, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Hill and son of Belleville, Mr. Arthur Vilven, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Vilven, Mrs. Wilford Vilven, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Vilven and son, Miss Rachel Timmons, Mrs. George Omar, Mrs. Bruce Laughlin, Mr. and Mrs. George Davis, Mrs. Robt. Hartig all of Wamego; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Fleming and Mr. and Mrs. Frank McCormick of Louisville, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Wilson of St. George, Mrs. Steve McCoy and Barbara Jean Spears of Denison, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Spears and sons of Cushing, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Tripp, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Queen, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Martin, Mrs. Donald McCorkill, Mrs. Ida Pitman, Mrs. Wm. F. Ableatt, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Tucker, Mrs. Elmer Crosk and Mr. and Mrs. Preston Hale all of Topeka, Miss Virginia Polson, Razel, Kansas; Miss Louise Starr, Paola, Ks.; Mrs. Charles Harkness III of California, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Page, Manhattan; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Thurman of Kansas City, Mo.

    26 Apr 1951

    [Note at bottom in 1957 Henry re-married Louise Whitlock; Ruth re-married to Bill Larson]
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2017 16:14:05 
    Family ID F1400  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 William B Larson 
    Married 25 Jan 1957  Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James LaVerne Larson,   b. 24 Jan 1958
    +2. Robert Gordon Larson,   b. 24 Jan 1958
    Documents
    Marriage- Spears, Ruth-Larson, William
    Marriage- Spears, Ruth-Larson, William
    Mrs. William B. Larson
    Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Spears of Rossville announce the marriage of their daughter, Ruth Elaine, to Mr. William B. Larson, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Larson of Canby, Minnesota. The double ring ceremony took place January 25 at 8:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Topeka, with Dr. Robert Crothers officiating. Mr. Larson is employed by the Carpenter Paper Co. in Topeka. The couple is at home at 615 West 15th, Topeka.
    Anniversary- Larson, Bill and Ruth
    Anniversary- Larson, Bill and Ruth
    BILL AND RUTH LARSON
    Larsons to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary
    Bill and Ruth Larson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception, dinner and dance from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27 at the American Legion, 442 Main Street, Rossville.

    Ruth E. Spears and William Larson were married Jan. 25,1957 in Topeka. Their sons and spouses are Robert and Annie Larson of Rossville and James and Pamela Larson of Lenexa.

    Their grandchildren are Charlotte and Jared Pemberton of Fayetteville, NC; Garrett Larson of Rossville and Rex Larson, Trey Borchers and Victoria Borchers of Lenexa.

    Their great-grandson is Desmond Pemberton of Fayetteville, NC.

    The Larsons would enjoy sharing this special event with all their friends and relatives. They request no gifts, please.
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2017 11:01:17 
    Family ID F3008  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Birth- Spears, Ruth
    Birth- Spears, Ruth
    Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Spears announce the birth of a daughter on March 5 at St. Francis hospital in Topeka, to whom they have given the name Ruth Elaine.
    Obituary- Larson, Ruth
    Obituary- Larson, Ruth
    Ruth Larson Passes Away
    Ruth E. Larson 88, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Brewster Place in Topeka.
    She was born March 5, 1931 in Topeka, the daughter of LaVerne and Edna Vilven Spears. Ruth grew up in the Rossville community and graduated from Rossville High School. She attended Kansas State University. She lived most of her life in Rossville moving to Topeka in 2009.
    Ruth worked at Midwest Machines in Topeka. She later worked many years at the People's State Bank in Rossville and served as the treasurer for the city of Rossville. She was a member of the Rossville United Methodist Church and Countryside United Methodist Church in Topeka. Ruth was a life member of the Eastern Star and was Grand Ruth for the state of Kansas in 1962. She held many offices in local chapters. She was a past member of the ABWA and was women of the year in 1983.
    On January 24, 1957 she was united in marriage to William "Bill" Larson at the First Presbyterian Church in Topeka. He survives.
    Other survivors include two sons, Robert (Annie) Larson, Topeka and James Larson, Olathe; a sister, Helen C. Miller, Rossville; three grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
    Memorial services will be at 2:00 P.M. Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Brewster Place Chapel in Topeka. Inurnment will be in the Rossville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brewster Foundation and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.