Ruth Marie Wehrman Purviance was born on July 1, 1926 in Lexington, Missouri. Early in life she made the decision to be a Christ follower.
After high school she attended Asbury College where she met Jay Purviance, a seminary student. They were married in 1949 and served 13 years as missionaries in Brazil. Following that they pastored Methodist churches in northwest Missouri. Ruth will especially be remembered for her leadership in the United Methodist Women’s organization.
She is predeceased by her husband Jay, father Virgil, mother Eva, and sister Lois. She is survived by brother Richard, sons Steve (Sallee), Dan (Melanie), Dave (Charlotte), Tim, and Andy (Chris). There are also ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
She was a dedicated mother and had a great influence on her children and grandchildren. Their retirement to Beaver Lake in Arkansas was a special delight for enjoying family and friends.
Ruth spent her last 20 years in Kansas City where she was a member of Gashland United Methodist Church. She will be missed by her family and friends but embraced by her Savior and those who have gone before her in the way of the Lord.
Ruth passed away at the age of 96 years on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 with her loving family by her side. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2023 at the Gashland United Methodist Church 7715 N. Oak Trafficway Kansas City, MO 64118. The Funeral service will commence at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Higginsville City Cemetery 2275 Lipper Ave. Higginsville, MO. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions are suggested to Gashland United Methodist Church. Memories of Ruth and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com