Ruth Welliver

July 11, 1917April 29, 2021

Ruth Rose Welliver, 103, of Columbia, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Boone Health in Columbia, Missouri. Ruthie was born on July 11, 1917 in Key West, Florida, the daughter of Harry Charles Galey, M.D. and Ruth Camille Ayala. She was a graduate of Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Virginia, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and psychology. She later served on the Mary Baldwin Alumnae Board of Directors. On Christmas Day in 1942, she was united in marriage in Key West to Warren D. Welliver, who preceded her in death. They moved to Columbia after World War II.

Ruthie was a long-time member of Calvary Episcopal Church and served on the Morning Guild and the Service Guild. She gave of her time and talent to make numerous needlepoint kneeling pads for the church. She was a member of the Constance Emig Circle of the International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons and served as Vice President of the Missouri Chapter. She was a member of Chapter GK of PEO.

One of Ruthie’s favorite pursuits was entertaining family and numerous friends. She was known for her fabulous cooking and especially enjoyed preparing Cuban dishes influenced by recipes handed down from her grandfather. Ruthie enjoyed dance, music, reading and her hummingbirds. She was a friend to all and nurtured those friendships her entire life. People who knew her felt and were inspired by her strength and compassion. Most of all, she was a gracious lady.

The family will be forever grateful to the people who gave 24-hour care to Ruthie for her last ten years. She loved them like her own and they loved her in return.

Ruthie was preceded in death by her husband and her three daughters, Gale Dee Stone, Carla Camille Stone and Christy Marie Welliver.

Ruthie is survived by son-in-law William Stone (husband of Gale), granddaughter, Jordan Maddex Kopp, great grandson, Chase Warren Maddex, son-in-law Dayton Stone (husband of Carla), and a niece and nephew.

A private family service at Calvary Episcopal Church and a larger celebration of Ruthie’s life will both take place at a later date.

Memorials for Ruthie may be made to the Christy M. Welliver M.S. Neuroscience Scholarship Fund, University of Missouri M.S. Institute, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65212 or Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St., Columbia, MO 65201.


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Melody Marcks

May 5, 2021

I had the honor of delivering a poinsettia every holiday season to Ruth over the last 14 years. The visit and time with Ruth was a highlight to the very special time of year. The stories she shared of her family and her life will be precious memories for me. She loved life and she loved those who were close to her. My sympathy is with you, family and friends. I will miss those special holiday deliveries and her occasional call. With all my love, Melody Marcks

Beatrice Smith

May 5, 2021

I write in admiring tribute to one of my late mother-in-law's best friends. Ruth Welliver and Norma Smith were long time neighbors and members of a group of magnificent women who socialized together, supported one another through joys and losses, and made this community a better place. Norma always spoke of Ruth with greatest appreciation and affection. The charming obituary captured the essence of Ruth, and I especially say 'amen' to this line: "Most of all, she was a gracious lady." Indeed.

Barbara and Jeff Glenn

May 1, 2021

Jeff and I were deeply saddened at the news of Ruth’s passing. She was a great & long time friend of our family. She will be missed

Michelle Hawk

April 30, 2021

I was so sad to hear about Ruth. I so much enjoyed seeing her every week at the salon. I have done her hair and nails for around 7 years. She was a very sweet lady and always asked about my family. She will be greatly missed❤️