Ruth Esther Stanglein Hemme, 96, passed away at her home on August 12, 2013.
She was born December 2, 1916, to Edward and Amy Stanglein in Pevely, Missouri, where she joined her twin sisters Alta and Alma.
She attended Zion Lutheran School of Pevely and Herculaneum High School, graduating in 1933.
She married Walter Hemme on March 10, 1937. They lived in Moss Hollow, Hillsboro, Hematite, and rural De Soto.
Walter died in 1966 and Ruth continued living in their home on Highway Y near DeSoto.
She later moved to DeSoto for several years and then returned to live with her daughter Rose on Highway Y.
Ruth is survived by five daughters, Amy and husband Hal Kennedy of St. Louis, Mo.; Betty and husband Randall Kristofferson of Vandalia, Mo.; Rose Slagg of the home in DeSoto, Mo.; Glenda and husband Richard Harder of Whitewater, Kan.; and Mary Jo and husband Mike Linhorst of DeSoto, Mo.; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, her sister Alta Luhn, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Walter, her sister Alma Luhn, her son-in-law Jim Slagg, and her grandson Christopher Harder.
Ruth loved to cook, garden, sew, and make quilts. Her first love was her Lord Jesus Christ whom she served her entire life.
Her home hosted a children’s Bible club called Good News Club for many years. She also taught Sunday School and Bible School and served the church in many ways. A center of her ministry, her home hosted Bible studies, prayer meetings, youth activities, and ladies groups. Her home was open to anyone needing spiritual or physical refuge. She supported the Christian mission around the world and was a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in DeSoto, Mo.
For the majority of her life Ruth was a homemaker, mother, and partner on the farm.
After Walter died, she worked for the University of Missouri as a Nutrition Specialist. She taught gardening, sewing, canning, budgeting, and cooking.
Her ministry expanded at this time to those she was helping. After fourteen years she retired to enjoy her home and garden.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but we rejoice to know that she is now celebrating in Heaven with Jesus.
Funeral Service was scheduled for August 17, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Landmark Baptist Church, De Soto, Mo.
The arrangements were under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main St., De Soto, Mo. 63020. www.dietrichfuneralhome.com
Memorials can be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, P.O. Box 517, Pevely, Mo. 63070.