Ruth Lavern White, a Hamburg, Iowa, resident the last 63 years, died early Sunday morning, June 26, 2022, at the Ambassador in Sidney. She was born at home, April 30, 1928, in Dale Township, Atchison County, Missouri. Her parents were Donald Emmit Douglas and Esther Bradfield.
The first two years of her life were spent on the farm. In 1930, the family moved to Watson, Missouri. Ruth attended Watson school, graduating in 1947. After graduating from high school, she got a job in Shenandoah, Iowa, for the summer. While there, she met her future husband, Virgil White, who was also working in Shenandoah at Mount Arbor Nursery. They were married at her parents’ home in Watson, December 25, 1947.
After three years had passed, the Korean conflict was escalating and Virgil, who was a naval reservist, was recalled to active duty. When the armistice was signed, the pair moved back to Watson and settled into married life in a house just north across the street from the new Watson school building.
Eventually they decided to start a family. First a daughter, Virginia, and then a son, Robert, was born. Virgil was working at Interstate Nursery and so he and Ruth decided to move to Hamburg so he could be closer to his place of employment. In September 1959, they bought a house on south Argyle Street that would be Ruth’s home for the next 56 years. In 1962, another son, Wayne, was born.
As the children grew older, Ruth took a job at the old Hamburg Hospital and worked at the hospital with the kitchen staff for the next 46 years, retiring in the fall of 2014 at the age of 86 only because her eyesight was beginning to fail. Ruth held every position in the kitchen staff starting as a cook, then working up to supervisor and before her retirement she had relinquished her duties to the younger staff and ended her career as the dishwasher.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil, in 1985; her son, Wayne, in 1994; and both of her sisters, Donna McCann and Dixie Jo Kerns. She is survived by daughter, Virginia, and son, Robert, both of Hamburg. She is also survived by a granddaughter, Robin White of Burlington Junction, Missouri; her great-granddaughters, Baleigh, Amie, and Breanna McElroy of Logan, Iowa; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Hunter Cemetery, Rock Port, Missouri. The family will greet friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg. Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com. Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg is in charge of arrangements.