OBITUARY

Ona Ruth Smith

April 5, 1934June 21, 2019
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Ona Ruth (Pennington) Smith was born April 5th, 1934 in Belton MO. Ona remained in Belton growing up on a Dairy farm and graduating from Belton High School in 1952.

Ona Ruth met and later married Ralph Smith on Oct 31st, 1953. Together they raised 4 girls and had 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Ona Ruth loved her family fiercely and her grandchildren were the light of her life. Each one has received endless love and praises.

Ona Ruth started as a dishwasher at Cambridge Elementary in 1963. She worked her way up and eventually became Food Service Director for the Belton School District. She enjoyed this position for many years and retired in 1999. Ona Ruth connected with many students, faculty and members of the community through these years. She will be forever known as the lunch lady. She continued to have countless people approach her over the years with fond memories.

Ona Ruth loved to cook and bake. She was exceptional at both. Her Hot Rolls were in high demand and devoured at every family get together. She was happy to pass on her skills to anyone and did so on many occasions. Family time with her cooking will be cherished forever.

Ona Ruth loved to look at recipes and had over 400 cookbooks. She also made her own cookbooks from her favorite recipes or she would cut them out from anything she was reading. She tried many recipes over the years and would save the ones that made the cut. She also loved to garden and would try to incorporate what she grew into her cooking. She absolutely loved green onion and butter sandwiches.

Ona Ruth attended CrossRoads United Methodist church her entire life. She was very active throughout her church life and always maintained a strong faith. She loved to sing and listen to music. She loved classic country and any type of Christian music.

She also enjoyed watching the Royals and Chiefs. If they were playing, she was watching or listening.

Ona Ruth was a kind and loving woman who saw the good in everyone. She didn’t judge but always tried to understand all sides. She did however always stand up for what she believed in. She emanated to all who knew her to be faithful, gracious and compassionate. Ona Ruth was a Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister in-law and friend. She will be dearly missed by all.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 29, 2019
  • Funeral Saturday, June 29, 2019

Memories

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Timothy Hundley

July 15, 2019

We had the ultimate privilege to call Ona Ruth our friend. I first met Ona at school. She was my lunch lady. She always had a smile on and made sure you had everything you were supposed to have. We always wanted another one of those AMAZING cinnamon rolls that were served when we had chili or tacos.

Little did I know that we would be neighbors. We moved next door to Ona in #13 on Belmo Drive. As we were moving In, a cat came in and made herself comfortable for a bit and left. I watched and she went next door. I went over to thank the person for sending the welcome wagon and when the door opened it was Ona. She and Angie shared Tigger with us and our children until we moved about 6 years later.

The wallpaper.... Ona loved her wallpaper. I hung the last wallpaper in her kitchen. (Good luck getting it off girls!) she held my favorite seam roller hostage until I got it all up! It was my pleasure to do it. She was so proud of it when I got it done.

Our son... Ona always watched out for our son.
After Kathy left work and homeschooled Brandon for 2 years. He wanted to go back to school. Kathy could not get a job or even volunteer with the district. (That’s another story) Kathy ran into Ona and was talking to her about it. Ona said come work for me. They can’t tell me I can’t hire you. They tried.... Ona very quickly and quietly handled that situation. Kathy still works for Sodexo to this day.

Ona stood up for her friends, her faith, her beliefs, and most of all her family. She loved her children and grandchildren to the inth degree. We are so proud to say she was our friend and a pet of our lives.

Ona, Go rest high on that mountain.... your work on earth is done. Go to heaven shouting love for the father and the son.

Kathryn Branan

June 30, 2019

I loved Ona Ruth! So many of my high school memories are hanging out with friends at her house after school. She always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. She will be truly missed!

Linda Boyce

June 28, 2019

Ms Ona was an amazing woman, her kind thoughts and loving kindness is one of the many blessings I will remember always. We have lost an amazing angel, but rejoice that she is with our Lord and Savior.

The girls have done an amazing tribute to their mom. Prayers for comfort during this time.

Love
Linda nad Jeff Boyce

Linda Medlin

June 28, 2019

Remember her at school. Our parents knew them well. Her daughter lived behind us in Hargis. . Such a wonderful person.
The Blum Family

Rene Eubanks

June 28, 2019

Ona Ruth was a friend not only to me but to my mom, Nana and children. Her home was always open for visits and her heart full of love to give. I loved hearing her tell me of stories of my mom and grandparents. She always made time to call me if she came on a trip when she was in town. I most admire how she never quit going and doing and was always upbeat and positive. We will sure miss her! We all love you! Heaven has gained one of the best angels I’ve ever known.

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Biography

Ona Ruth (Pennington) Smith was born April 5th, 1934 in Belton MO. Ona remained in Belton growing up on a Dairy farm and graduating from Belton High School in 1952.

Ona Ruth met and later married Ralph Smith on Oct 31st, 1953. Together they raised 4 girls and had 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Ona Ruth loved her family fiercely and her grandchildren were the light of her life. Each one has received endless love and praises.

Ona Ruth started as a dishwasher at Cambridge Elementary in 1963. She worked her way up and eventually became Food Service Director for the Belton School District. She enjoyed this position for many years and retired in 1999. Ona Ruth connected with many students, faculty and members of the community through these years. She will be forever known as the lunch lady. She continued to have countless people approach her over the years with fond memories.

Ona Ruth loved to cook and bake. She was exceptional at both. Her Hot Rolls were in high demand and devoured at every family get together. She was happy to pass on her skills to anyone and did so on many occasions. Family time with her cooking will be cherished forever.

Ona Ruth loved to look at recipes and had over 400 cookbooks. She also made her own cookbooks from her favorite recipes or she would cut them out from anything she was reading. She tried many recipes over the years and would save the ones that made the cut. She also loved to garden and would try to incorporate what she grew into her cooking. She absolutely loved green onion and butter sandwiches.

Ona Ruth attended CrossRoads United Methodist church her entire life. She was very active throughout her church life and always maintained a strong faith. She loved to sing and listen to music. She loved classic country and any type of Christian music.

She also enjoyed watching the Royals and Chiefs. If they were playing, she was watching or listening.

Ona Ruth was a kind and loving woman who saw the good in everyone. She didn’t judge but always tried to understand all sides. She did however always stand up for what she believed in. She emanated to all who knew her to be faithful, gracious and compassionate. Ona Ruth was a Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister in-law and friend. She will be dearly missed by all.