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“Ruthie”, Ruth Ellen Sears, 82, of Kahoka, Missouri, formerly of Memphis, Missouri, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, February 19, 2024, at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. 

The Daughter of Noah and Beulah Pauline (Glass) Rockhold, she was born February 27, 1941, in Scotland County, Missouri. 

She married Jerry Wayne Sears on August 3, 1958 and to this union two sons were born: Jim and Lonny. 

Ruthie enjoyed the rewarding life of farming near Arbela, Missouri, raising both livestock and row crops for 25 years before opening an upholstery shop near Memphis, Missouri. She served as a board member at the Gorin Methodist Church for more than fifteen years, where she was an active member for twenty years. 

“Brippy” as she was well known by, was dedicated to her family. She followed her grandsons to every high school sporting event and enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren. Ruthie loved to hunt and sew, and she made many quilts for her friends, family, and community. When she could, one of her things she enjoyed was having breakfast and coffee with her friends. She will be dearly missed by everyone that knew her. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jerry, her son, Jim, along with her siblings, Pauline, Virgil, Ilene, Ila, and Gene. 

She is survived by her son, Lonny Sears of Wyaconda, Missouri; grandchildren: Kelsey Sears of Memphis, Missouri, Rod Sears and his wife Caley of Memphis, Missouri, Kylee Root Quayle and her husband Eric of Cairo, Missouri, Sabe Sears and his wife Ashley of Rutledge, Missouri, and Abigail Anderson of Kirksville, Missouri; great-grandchildren: Izabella, Jackson, and Everley of Memphis, Missouri, Emmett and Lettie of Memphis, Missouri, Wilhelmina of Cairo, Missouri, and Hallie, Ellie, and Mollie of Rutledge, Missouri; along with her sisters, Martha, Carol and Lilly. 

Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Scotland County Nutrition Center and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri. 

Memorial services were held Monday morning, February 26, 2024, at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Pastor Homer Poor officiating. and inurnment followed at the Memphis Cemetery. 

Online condolences may be shared with the family by logging onto Payne’s website at paynefuneralchapel. com 

Arrangemenents were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis