Clark County Clipper, February 28, 1929


Mrs. Ruth Smith Mendenhall was born on December the 26th, 1841, in Richland, Iowa, and departed this life on February the 20th, 1929, at the home of her son, Everette B. Mendenhall in Ashland, Kansas, at the ripe old age of eighty seven years, one months and twenty four days.

At the age of six, she removed with her parents from Iowa to Vermillion County, Illinois.

She was united in the Holy bonds of matrimony to James M. Mendenhall in 1867 at Danville, Ill.  To this union four children were given: Alpha E., Everette B., Ralph R. and Perry E.  Father Mendenhall passed away January 30, 1914.

Alpha proceeded her mother on December the 21, 1908.  Ralph on September 11, 1888.  Perry resides in Torrence, California.  Everette in Ashland, Kansas.

The family came to Winfield, Kansas in 1885 where they spent one year then moving to Clark County, Kansas, where they took a claim near the old "Edgar Ranch."  She has made her home in Clark County since that time.

She dedicated her life to Jesus Christ in early childhood and united with the Friends Church where she held membership until after coming to Ashland when she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1892 to which she was very faithful until her health failed, making it impossible for her to attend.

Mother Mendenhall, as she was called by many, was a faithful Bible reader and lover of her Bible, all her life.  She was a kind, affectionate and loving companion and mother.  To know her was to love her.  She exemplified the life and spirit of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at all times, whom she loved and whom she served.

She has fought a good fight, she has kept faith, and has gone to receive the crown of Life which the Lord, the Righteous Judge has promised to all those who love him.

She leaves to mourn her loss the two sons named above, three half sisters; Dr. Mary Hadley Smith of Long Beach, Cal., Lydia E. Chase of Shawnee, Kans., Mrs. George Holiday of Georgetown, Ill., fourteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

The funeral service was conducted in her home church, the Methodist Episcopal Church, at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, and the body lain to rest in the Highland cemetery at Ashland to await the resurrection morning when at the voice of Him who raised the dead in old Judea, she will come forth to life eternal.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ November 3, 2005.


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