McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel

8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS


Ruth H. Gascoigne

August 9, 1929February 15, 2017
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Ruth was born in Independence, Kansas, August 9, 1929 to Ruth Frances (Whitehead) and Earle Ward Hille. She was the fifth child having four older brothers whom she adored. She lived in Independence until she moved to Lawrence, Kansas where she attended the University of Kansas. She moved to Topeka her junior year where she attended Washburn University. She graduated from Washburn in 1952 receiving her BA Degree in Business Education.

Ruth began her 30+ years of teaching in Colorado Springs at CSHS. Ruth and Donald Guy Gascoigne were married on December 23, 1952 in Topeka, Kansas. Ruth finished out her year at CSHS, and then she and Don made their first home is Pensacola, Florida where he was in flight training. Upon completion, Don became a fighter pilot in the US Marine Corp. Their first duty station was Cherry Point, North Carolina. Other duty stations over their 64 ½ years of marriage include: Corpus Christi, Texas; Quantico, Virginia; Brunswick, Georgia; Orange, California; Alexandria, Virginia and Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

While moving with Don, Ruth enjoyed her teaching in North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Kansas. She was dedicated to her teaching and to her many students along the way.

When Don retired, they moved to Overland Park, Kansas where they have lived since 1976. Ruth taught at AVILA College, Shawnee Mission North High School and retired from Shawnee Mission Northwest in 1994.

Ruth and Don have four children: Kenneth William Gascoigne and wife, Linda A. of Pensacola, FL; Amy Ruth Cox and husband, Robert R. of Overland Park, KS; Donald Ward Gascoigne and wife, Linda T. of San Clemente, CA; and Kathleen Ann "Kate" Gascoigne and husband, Mark D. Ludwig of Boston, MA; 11 grandchildren, Kenneth Malach, Ansley Gund, Matthew Gascoigne, Jessie Gerado, Cody Gascoigne, Carly Gascoigne, Katey Gascoigne, Ali Gascoigne, C.J. Gascoigne, Sarah and Asher Ludwig and 4 great grandchildren, Hazel and Juliette Gascoigne, Elouise and Everette Gund.

Ruth was an avid quilter making ‘comfort’ quits for her children and grandchildren; baby quilts, t-shirts quilts for grandchildren and fun quilts for the guild and for friends. She was a member of the Kansas City Quilt Guild of Great Kansas City. Ruth was a member of the Colonial Presbyterian Church, Chapter HE, PEO, Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni and Celler Sew-ers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in Ruth’s name to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23453 or online at www.operationsmile.org/donate Her visitation will be 6-8pm, Friday, February 17th at McGilley & Hoge Memorial Chapel. Her funeral service will be 10am, Saturday, February 18th at McGilley & Hoge Memorial Chapel, 8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, Kansas 66204. Ruth will be laid to rest in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida.


  • Visitation

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 18, 2017


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Amy Gascoigne Cox

June 25, 2017

Miss you so much mom.

Wendy (Dean) Smith

February 20, 2017

Ruth was my closest, favorite teacher. She taught me typing and office education skills. She was a great listener to me while I struggled with my parents divorce. She also helped me get my first office job through SMNW class of 87. I was glad to reconnect with her at my current job with Verizon after many years. She has a very special place in my heart, and she will be greatly missed.
My Sincerest Condolences

February 19, 2017

~Sending Sympathy and Prayers to the Gascoigne Family~
From Richard and Brian Council;
Elizabeth Council-Phelan, Vincent, Veronica and Peter Phelan;
Jennifer Council Ozier, Tom, Jordan, Jack, Simon, Annette and Sylvia Ozier.

Janice Baker

February 19, 2017

Ruth was a valued member of the SMNW faculty. I remember her well. It was lovely to see all the family photographs and in nearly each one, Ruth was smiling. She was so kind to me, I wish I had been able to come to her service. She was a dear teacher and lady. My condolences to her family and friends.

February 19, 2017

I worked in the office at Northwest when Ruth was there and she was such a kind and caring teacher. She always brought us her homemade peanut brittle at Christmas and continue d to do so even after she retired. She did have a positive influence on so many students and felt they all deserve d a chance.

Fran Illum

Brad and Julie White

February 17, 2017

Dear Kate, Mark and family--so sorry for the unexpected loss of your Mom. May she rest in peace. Wonderful to see all of the family pictures online--she lived a rich and loving life. Sadly, Brad and Julie White

Rhonda Bicknell

February 17, 2017

I am honored to be touched by such an amazing lady like Ruth. I am a former student of SMNW who more than likely would have dropped out of high school but Ms. Gascoigne saw something in me that no other teacher could see at the time. Her nurturing hand reached out to me and made me realize I had potential. My attitude towards school changed and I began to look forward to her Office Education class along with her smiling, welcoming face. She was like a second mom to me during a very difficult time in my life as I was dealing with a new stepfather, a new school, no real friends and really just trying to figure who I was. Ms. Gasgoigne laid the foundation and gave me not only proficient office skills but also taught me real life skills and even helped me to land my first real job. She was a compassionate educator her whole life who truly cared about her students and also was passionate about making a difference in the world. Thank you for sharing her with so many people, she will be greatly missed by all! RIP Sweet Angel...until we meet again...God Speed. My deepest condolences go out to her loving family and friends.
1 Corinthians 16:14

Rick Taylor

February 17, 2017

Deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
Rick, Laurie, Tess and Hannah Taylor

Laura Kampschroeder

February 16, 2017

Ruth line danced with us for many years. She loved it and we loved her. We had wonderful visits on the way to the Grinter House class. As she continued to dance at Element Fitness, she and others shared their love of quilting. She was a joy to have in class. We are all blessed to have known Ruth..

Doug Thompson

February 16, 2017

"Ruth was our neighbor and close friend for many years. Her big beautiful family and friends will miss her dearly. She left behind a legacy of love."


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