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Ruth Ellen McDonald went to her eternal home on February 20, 2017, surrounded by the ones she loved and who loved her so much in return.
She was born Ruth Ellen Holt on November 5, 1935 in El Dorado Springs, Missouri. The family moved to Kansas City when she was still in grammar school, and Ruth later graduated from Central High School in 1953. Shortly thereafter she went to work at the Kansas City Bendix plant where she met the love of her life, Glenn Hugh McDonald. They were married in April of 1954, and had three loving children: Sherrie Dawn Jansen née McDonald, Glenn Lyle McDonald, and Robin Scott McDonald.
Ruth was adept at sewing, macramé, decorating (no bauble was safe from glue, glitter, and the ubiquitous can of silver spray paint), and making sure those around her were warm, comfortable, well-fed, and loved. Her restless energy was unbounded, and she worked in turn at John Knox Village and Mid-America Heating and Cooling in Lee’s Summit, and later at Sam’s Club in Independence.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Olive Mae Holt née Hermance, her father, Elmer Holt, her brother and sisters Metta Huff, Grace Waterbury, Betty Simpson, John (J.C.) Holt, and granddaughter Jeannine Marie Vogl née Jansen. She is survived by her beloved husband, Glenn H. McDonald and their three children, all of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She also leaves one grandchild, Jesse Lee Jansen of Kansas City, Missouri and three great-grandchildren: Jansen Lee Vogl, and Trent and Ari Vega.
A private memorial service is planned for March 1st in Peculiar, Missouri. We miss you mom.