November 4, 2010

(11/17/1920 - 10/16/2010)

Ruth H. Carr, 89, of Topeka, KS, died Saturday morning, October 16, 2010, at Atria Healthcare in Topeka where she had been a resident for three and a half years.

Ruth was born near Robinson, KS, on the Ploeger family farm, November 17, 1920, one of four daughters of William and Celesta Ruth Ploeger and was a lifelong resident of northeast Kansas. She grew up near Robinson, attended Hiawatha Central School, and graduated with the class of 1938 at Hiawatha High School. Ruth worked at Bierer's Department Store as a bookkeeper and clerk, was a housewife, worked at Ben Franklin Variety Store, and Brown County Treasurer's Office, all of Hiawatha, KS. She later worked for the State of Kansas Employment Security Office in Topeka for 22 years, retiring in 1982.

Mrs. Carr was a member of Tecumseh United Methodist Church, and Rollin Sam's Camping Club. She was a fifty-year member of Helena Chapter #210, Order of Eastern Star of Topeka. She made angel food wedding cakes during the 1950's and enjoyed making silk flower arrangements. Ruth made and gave away more than 5000 plastic crosses. After retiring, she enjoyed traveling by motor home, visiting all 50 states in 25 years.

She was married to Sylvin R. Carr, August 3, 1941, at Hiawatha. They lived on the Carr Homestead east of Willis prior to moving to the Hamlin Community. In 1960, they moved to Topeka to make their home. He survives.

Also surviving are two children: Ruth Ann (Chuck) Carr-Parker of Hoyt, KS, and William Sylvin Carr of Tucson, AZ; three sisters: Ruby Nolte, Ida Mae Hooper, and Margaret Spare, all of Hiawatha; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

Ruth was the neice of the late Ida Ebeling and was a cousin of Duane Ebeling, Linda Harvey, Vickie Miller and Carol Shaffer.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and a son Robert Cyril Carr in 1946.

Funeral services were held October 21, 2010 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha. Reverend Randy Quinn officiated. Internment was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Ruth Carr Memorial Fund which may be sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., 66434.

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