Ruthann Canty Pringle, of rural Woodson County, died at her home on Jan. 20, 2013, surrounded by those who love her dearly.
She was born in Chanute on March 10, 1930, the first daughter of Bryan Canty and Mae Stewart Canty. Her early childhood years were spent in the Buffalo-area, then in Parsons, Lawrence, and Chanute. Her family returned to the family farm in Buffalo, where she graduated from high school in 1948.
After finishing high school, she returned to Lawrence and attended Kansas University, followed by classwork at Emporia State University and Neosho County Community College, where she received her Associates Degree in Education in 1951.
During her college years, she met Lauren Pringle, resulting in a courtship of nearly three years that included many letters of affection. After college, Ruthann began teaching back in her home area, with assignments at the Rose, Middletown, and Grenola school districts. She and Lauren were then married on May 10, 1953. They made their home in rural Woodson County, engaged in farm work, and raised their sons Scott and Mark.
A member of Eastern Star for many years, she was also involved in her sons’ 4-H activities, including assembling and leading a stage band combo of club members which found success at 4-H competitions, and was enjoyed by all.
She had a nearly-life-long love of music, and had an “ear” for playing the piano, especially in the boogie-woogie/swing style. Her many other interests included genealogy, history, economics, philosophy, and a particularly strong interest in the different studies of Astrology. (She was a Pisces/Horse, by the way.)
In spite of her later health problems, she tried to remain engaged with her world. Her curiosity was boundless, and the desire for learning and education remained throughout her entire life. Her kindness, compassion, and empathy will remain in the hearts of so many who were touched by her life.
Ruthann was preceded in death by her parents, son Scott, sister Mary Lou, and her best friend Hazel Justice.
She is survived by her husband. Lauren, son Mark and his fianc√© Mary Jane, nieces Barbara, Stephanie, and Debra, nephews Reg and John, and many wonderful and dear friends.
Ruthann’s family will have a visitation for her on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodson County Education Foundation, in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, KS 66783.