Ruth I. Gavin

October 18, 1920April 10, 2018

Ruth I. Gavin, 97, of Kearney, MO peacefully passed away on April 10, 2018. Services will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to Crossroads Hospice, 14310 E. 42nd St, South, Independence, MO 64055.

Ruth was born October 18, 1920 to Edward and Lillian Wittlief. She enlisted in the United States Army on January 15, 1943. She was awarded the Bronze Star for her service during World War II, in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. She was honorably discharged as a sergeant on September 15, 1945. Ruth loved the great outdoors, traveling and her family.

Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Gavin, Sr. and her children, Yvette Gavin, Thomas Gavin, Jr., and Edward Gavin. She is survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Online condolences to Arr: McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 11924 E. 47th St, Kansas City, MO 64133, 816353-6555.


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Darlene Buckley

April 12, 2018

I'm sorry for your loss. Tom and Ruth owned a farm behind my folks house. As children, we knew them as Yvette, Tommy, and Eddie. My brothers, Wayne Eberting, Jerrell Eberting and myself Darlene Eberting-Buckley would play with them on the farm, ride our horses, swim in an old empty basement that Ruth had made into a swimming pool and have lots of fun. Yvette, Tommy, Eddie, Wayne, Jerrell and myself were all about the same ages, with Yvette and I being the oldest. Tom and Ruth would come from their home in Briarcliff to work on the farm. Tom, sometimes in his suit and Ruth sometimes in her mink coat as she would shovel manure. They were a great family. My brothers and I were talking about wonderful memories of all of us just this last weekend.

Darlene Buckley

Kent & Christina Horn

April 12, 2018

Our heartfelt condolences. Ruth saw a lot in her 97 years and had amazing stories. She always made us feel welcome and was an inspiration of how to live life to it's fullest.

Jenny Putzier

April 12, 2018

I was shocked to hear of Ruth's passing, even though she was 97, I always thought she would live forever. She was one of the smartest, funniest and loving women I ever knew. She always gave me wise advise and oh, did she make me laugh! I remember her and Dad telling stories and laughing so hard they had tears rolling down their faces. I will miss her hour long phone calls and coming to see her. She was my very favorite Aunt. Robert, Kara and Chris...I wish the best for you and am thinking of you at this sad time. She is finally home. Love to you all, Jenny