Ruby U. Whatley, age 101, died Friday morning, June 24, 2011, at the Manor of the Plains, Dodge City, Kansas.
She was born October 10, 1909, in Fowler, Kansas, the daughter of Ralph and Rosa (McGuire) Marrs. As a young girl, she was raised on the family farm a few miles west of Fowler, attending the Fowler school system. While attending school she would find rides with family and friends to attend class. While in high school she lived in town during the cold winters, working part-time for room and board.
At the age of 23, she married Seaborne Whatley, establishing a homestead ranch in New Mexico.The were blessed with two sons, Bryn and Larry. The family later made their homes in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana over the years, eventually returning to Kansas after the death of her husband to live with her sister on their farm near Fowler. In 1993, she moved to town until 2002 when she moved to Dodge City where she made her home.
The family were members of the United Methodist Church. Ruby enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by:
Two sons, Bryn Whatley of New Orleans, Louisiana
Larry Whatley of Everett, Washington
A sister, Rosetta Thompson of Plains, Kansas
Six Grandchildren; Jennifer Brown, Dave Whatley, Sherry Daunis, Paul Whatley, Mark Whatley and Michele Mire.
Ten Great-grandchildren; Patty Long, Jennifer Gomez, Adam Daunis, Justin White, Allyson Cartwright, Rachel Whatley, Kevin Whatley, Michael Whatley, Adam Daunis, Mia Brown.
Six Great-great-grandchildren; Blake Long, Reed Long, Joseph Gomez, Colin Gomez, Corbin Gomez and Gavin Gomez.
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and three brothers,Franklin, Roy, and Marion Marrs.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mazo Eccleston.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the Fowler United Methodist Church, Fowler, with the Reverend Dick Robbins presiding. Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:00 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler.
The family would welcome memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com