Ruth L. Edmonds

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Ruth L. Edmonds, 97, of Bala Cynwyd, Penn., formerly of Independence, died Monday, April 9, 2018, at the Hearth at Drexel in Bala Cynwyd.

Memorial services will be Friday, June 22, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Independence, with the Rev. Anchul Axelrod officiating. Inurnment will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Slater City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Independence School District Foundation in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.

Born March 12, 1921, in Saline County, she was the daughter of the late John Abner Page II and Nola Estelle Hill Page. On May 24, 1949, in Liberty, she married Wilson P. Edmonds, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 2005. Mrs. Edmonds was an active member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Independence. She was a 1938 graduate of Slater High School, and in 1939, her first job was teaching grades one through eight in a one-room school house. She pursued a degree in education by taking college courses in the summer while teaching during the school year. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1952 from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, and received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1976. In 1953, she took a leave to be a mother and homemaker, and in 1970, she resumed her career at William Southern Elementary School teaching fourth grade, and worked there until retiring in 1987. Following her retirement, she continued to volunteer at the school and pursued her love of bird watching. She was also a member of the Independence Retired Teachers Association.

She is survived by two daughters, Pamela Ruth Edmonds and her husband, David Chianese, and Patricia Lea Edmonds and her husband, David Everett; and four grandchildren, Michael David Chianese, Sara Rose Chianese, Claire Elizabeth Edmonds Everett and Will Alexander Edmonds Everett. 

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Hill Page and John Abner Page III; and two sisters, Evaline Virginia Brown and Mary Genevieve Vane.