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,
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
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
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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