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Ruth Ann Yeary
(April 3, 1944 - February 1, 2012)

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Ruth Ann Yeary

RUTH ANN YEARY, 67, of Winfield, Kansas, passed away Wednesday morning, February 1, 2012.

Born April 3, 1944 in Hinsdale, Illinois, she was the daughter of Charles D. and Ruth J. (Mathews) Turek. She spent her early childhood in Hinsdale and moved to Stanford, Illinois graduating from Stanford High. Ruth Ann began college at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She graduated with degrees in Art History and Home Economics from Wichita State University.

Ruth Ann was united in marriage to Jerry D. Yeary on August 11, 1967 in Stanford, Illinois. She worked as an Art and Home Economics Teacher in St. Francis, Kansas from 1970 to 1972 and the Food Service Administrator in Goodland, Kansas in 1973. The couple moved to Winfield during the Summer of 1975. Ruth Ann was part owner of an arts and antiques shop in Winfield from 1980 to 1982.

In 1985, she began as the Executive Director of the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council. Ruth Ann dramatically expanded the organization over her tenure. She committed herself to the organization for over 20 years until retiring in 2005. During this time she was active with Art In The Park, Kansas Voices, Artists in Residence and numerous art shows and classes. Despite her enthusiastic involvement and dedication to the arts, Ruth Ann remained a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.

Over their nearly 45 year marriage Ruth Ann and Jerry owned and operated an active Rental Business. After official retirement, Ruth Ann enjoyed catering and she and Jerry assisted their nephew in a Social Security Disability Business.

Ruth Ann became a Christian at a young age and never wavered in her faith. During her life in Winfield, she was a member of Hackney Community Baptist Church for 36 years where she was an active Sunday School Teacher, Bible School Director, Youth Group Leader and was a member of the Social Committee. She also belonged to the Rotary Club, National Pen Women, American Baptist Women, the Library Board, Winfield Coffee Club and the Winfield Community Theatre. She authored the “Book of Ruth”, a book about her mother’s childhood, and was honored in a cookbook titled “Ruth Ann’s Favorites”.

Her family includes: Her husband: Jerry of Winfield; Her daughter: Becky Yeary Carney and husband, Terry of Kansas City, KS; Her sons: Dean Yeary of Winfield; Aaron Yeary and wife, Kimberly of New York, NY; Her grandchildren: Samantha, Jerry Dean, Ethan, Harrison, Olivia, Kyndal, Shepard, Jackson, and Beckett; Her great grandchildren: Jackson and Adelyn; Her sisters: Juanita Huffman of Jefferson City, TN; Eleanor Yeary of Beloit, KS; and Her brother: Charles Turek of Hamilton, MO.

Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Ruth Ann Yeary Scholarship with the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council or to Hackney Community Baptist Church. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.

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