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Carpenter, Virginia Ruth

Carpenter, Virginia Ruth

November 26, 1934 — November 14, 2019

Virginia “Ruth” Carpenter, 84, died on November 14, 2019 at her home in Raytown, MO.  Ruth was born in Birch Tree, MO, to loving parents Ralph and Bessie Templeton. She was one of nine children. Ruth and her family moved to Springfield, MO, during her high school years. Following her high school graduation, Ruth moved to Kansas City, MO, and began her secretarial career.

She met her late husband, Rev. James “Jim” E. Carpenter, at Calvary Baptist Church in Kansas City, where he assisted in teaching with the young adults. Ruth and Jim married May 22, 1954. They were married 58 years until his death. Together they raised 5 children. Ruth loved being a pastor’s wife and mother and she excelled at both.

Ruth held a full-time job as a legal secretary with Lathrop Gage Law Firm (formerly Gage & Tucker) for 30+ years. She was well-loved and admired by her colleagues. For several years following her retirement, she was frequently asked to provide relief work for vacationing staff. Ruth also provided relief secretarial work at her church Spring Valley Baptist Church in Raytown, MO.

But if you knew Ruth, then you know her passion was missions and sharing the Gospel of Christ. Her willingness to serve wherever needed, her love of Jesus and her lovingkindness towards everyone was well known to many throughout her life. Her tireless work through the years with, and for, children impacted innumerable people. Whether through Sunday school classes, Vacation Bible School, nursery work, children’s mission classes, Women’s Missionary Union, youth events, Baptist Children’s Home benefit events or simply helping a family with childcare; Ruth found real joy and purpose in working with children.

In recent years, Ruth had become a staunch advocate and regular volunteer for Restoration House of Greater Kansas City. The Restoration House mission is to bring hope to survivors of human trafficking through love, guidance and the assurance of a long-term home. She was honored to be a part of their team of volunteers and cared deeply for the women she walked alongside.

Ruth loved people and life. She absolutely enjoyed helping, gardening, baking, singing, laughing and tried to never forget to do every little thing to the glory of the One who’d created her. She will be deeply missed by so many.

Survivors include: 5 children, Anne E. Krause (L. Dennis Krause, deceased) of Merriam, KS; Stephen W. Carpenter of Ocean Beach, CA; Susan Beth Piszel (Bruce A. Piszel) of Cleveland Heights, OH; Ralph E. Carpenter (Courtney Carpenter) of Tallahassee, FL; James R. Carpenter (Laurie Carpenter) of Covington, GA. Eleven grandchildren: Daniel Krause, Lydia Krause, Stephen Krause, Nicolas Carpenter, Haley Carpenter, Allison Carpenter, Cameron Carpenter, Jack Carpenter, Ellie Piszel, Charlotte Piszel, Adam Carpenter; 1 great-grandson, Zeke Krause.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Ruth’s name to: Restoration House of Greater Kansas City (

Home-going service for Ruth Carpenter will be Saturday, November 30th at Spring Valley Baptist Church, 8801 E 79 St, Raytown, MO 64138. Visitation 9:00 a.m., service 10:00 a.m. and interment 11:00 a.m. at Green Lawn Cemetery.

Service Information

Visitation 9AM, service 10AM, Saturday, November 30 at Spring Valley Baptist Church, 8801 E. 79th St.; burial in Green Lawn Cemetery.

Carpenter, Virginia Ruth's Guestbook

Dear Family, I extend to each of you my sympathy and condolences in the death of Ruth Carpenter my friend. Ruth and Jim were colleagues in Ministry in the greater Kansas City Metro Area for several decades. There treasured memories of Ruth's long tenure of services that includes her service with Jim, her Pastor husband, in churches where the served, in WMU and other services ministries of Blue River-Kansas City Baptist Association, Spring Valley Baptist Church of Raytown, MO. There is a small informal group of Ministers & Wives in the Blue River-Kansas City Baptist Association that began gathering in each others homes and restaurants once each month about 40 years ago. Ruth is one of that group that is affectionally known among the group as "The Gang". There are nine of this group that remaining and we meet as often as possible. We will miss our friend and colleague Ruth who was faithful and joyful in all of our times together as she was in each of her service opportunities. Christ Jesus was always present in Ruth's manner and service. Love and Blessings to each of you, Sterling L Elsbury (and my Beloved Mary) t

Sterling L Elsbury, Retired Pastor

Dear Family, I worked with Ruth in Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) for many years locally and on the state level in MO WMU, as well as, in the work of the MO Baptist Children's Home, the Blue River-Kansas City Baptist Association WMU Leadership Team and working with Restoration House. She was devoted to WMU and her church, and I know she especially loved what she did with the Mission Friends there. She was a devoted friend and I will miss her very much, especially her sweet smile and her laugh. May our Lord Jesus Christ grant you His comfort and peace as only He can do in the days, weeks and months ahead. Blessings to each of you, Sandi Malone Grandview MO

Sandi Malone

So sorry to hear of the passing of Ruth. I know she was loved by many.

Alice Carter-Redding

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