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Carpenter, Ruth L.

Carpenter, Ruth L.

July 14, 1925 — March 18, 2021

Ruth Louise Carpenter age 95, born July 14, 1925 passed away peacefully March 18, 2021.

Ruth was born in Topeka, KS, to Myrtle and Everett Long. She spent the biggest part of her life working as a waitress in the Kansas City area. Restaurants included Allens Drive In, the Y Drive In, and Dr. Peppers.

She moved to Grandview in the early 60’s with her husband, Charles (Chuck) and son John.

Ruth and Chuck owned the Mugs Up in Grandview where Walgreens is located today. Ruth was a great boss and treated her employees like family. Every year for an extra bonus Ruth and Chuck took their Mugs Up girls as she called us, to the lake for a fun filled weekend.

They loved to travel to different places in their Airstream and Holiday RV. Throughout the years, Ruth and Chuck took Mugs Up girls to Disney World in Florida as well as California to visit her sister, June.   Some of the girls would not of had this opportunity to travel if it wasn’t for Ruth and Chuck.

Ruth loved to do crafts.   She could make anything. Some of her crafts included making hanging lamps out of star foam cups, ship pictures out of brown paper bags. She loved to crochet. She made afghans, kitchen towels, baby blankets, and much more.

Ruth loved her many dogs.   She had yorkies, Jasmine Rose, Cinnamon Rose, and a Chihuahua named Ginger Rose.

Anybody that knew Ruth knew she loved chocolate. She called herself a chocoholic. She had chocolate around her all the time.

Ruth was a kind and special person and would do anything for you. She was a very strong willed person in mind and spirit.

Ruth is proceeded in death by her parents Everette and Myrtle Long, brother Clarence (Sonny Boy), beloved sister June Stewart (Harry), and the love of her life for 22 years, husband Chuck, and her beloved son, John Thomas Kessinger III.

She is survived by a grandson, John Thomas Kessinger IV, a nephew, Dave Stewart (Ida). Her extended family who took care of her the last 12 years of her life, Anna Estrada, Kathi Haynie, and Tayja Cox. She will be sadly missed.

Memorial visitation will be March 24, 2021 from 11:30 – 1:00pm at Park Lawn Funeral Home.

Service Information

Visitation will be 11:30AM-1PM, Wednesday, March 24 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, Misssouri; burial in Green Lawn Cemetery.

Carpenter, Ruth L.'s Guestbook

God bless you Aunt Ruth Even though I never got to meet you Your son my cousin John said many good things of you.Now your home with your husband and beloved son John your journey is now complete rest in comfort and joy with our father God' ypur nephew G,Stephen Kessinger

Stephen Kessinger

Rest in peace, Ruth. You and Chuck were my unofficial foster family in my teens. The time I spent at your home, on the road in the Airstream, and working for you at Mugs Up made me feel valued and loved and respected. You were mentor and friend and made such a difference in the lives of so many young women in the Mugs Up years. Without a doubt, it kept me out of serious trouble and I suspect others as well. I hope your journey on the other side is full of the ease you deserve and rich in delightful encounters with John, June and Chuck and others that you loved and loved you. Love, Cookie


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