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Williams, Ruth L.

Williams, Ruth L.

May 15, 1920 — July 15, 2022

Ruth LeClair Holmberg Williams, 102, of Scottsdale, AZ, and formerly of Liberty, MO and Higginsville, MO, passed away July 15, 2022, in Scottsdale.

Ruth was born May 15, 1920, in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of George E. and Lillian Shonbeck Holmberg. The family moved to Branch, MO. Ruth graduated from high school in Macks Creek, MO, and later received her teaching degree from Central Missouri State Teachers College. Ruth was a 75-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Macks Creek.

Ruth was united in marriage to William Thomas "Bill" Williams on March 31, 1946. They were married 65 years until his death in 2011. They lived many years in Liberty, MO where Ruth taught at Lewis and Clark Elementary school and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church. Ruth and Bill would later move to John Knox Village in Higginsville, MO, where they became active members of First Presbyterian Church in Higginsville. Following Bill's death, Ruth moved to Scottsdale, AZ in 2016 to live with her daughter Laura.

Along with her parents and husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her two brothers, Herbert Holmberg and Robert Holmberg. Survivors include her daughters, Marie Shipley (Michael deceased) and Laura Curtis (Scott); grandchildren, Marisa Shipley, Thomas Curtis and Eric Curtis (Shea); great grandchildren, Boden Curtis and Tegan Curtis; sister-in-law, Dorothy Holmberg; as well as nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, July 30, at Mount Washington Cemetery, 614 South Brookside Avenue, Independence, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 506, Higginsville, MO 64037.

Service Information

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, July 30, at Mount Washington Cemetery, 614 South Brookside Avenue, Independence, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 506, Higginsville, MO 64037.

Williams, Ruth L.'s Guestbook

Donna and Jason thank you for signing our Mom's online guest book. And especially for your comforting words.

Marie Shipley

Unfortunately I never met this amazing woman …… however her strength and compassion carried on through her family in CLT and I’m blessed to have known her via stories shared with me and I’m forever grateful…. Much love to the entire family this world we live in is only the beginning….. prayers and condolences

J Fish

I am so sorry for your loss. Ruth was a wonderful woman and precious friend. I cherish the years we worked together at Liberty Kindergarten. She may be gone, but certainly is not forgotten. Hugs and prayers for your family, Donna

Donna Hickman

Gail thank you for sharing these kind words about Mom and the friendship you shared.

Marie Shipley

Laura, Scott, Marie & family, Ruth was such a delight and I count myself so blessed to have known her since the day she moved to Higginsville. Her stories were delightful and her passion for life was to be admired. We were all blessed to have her for a long life. I will miss her, but never forget her.

Gail Robertson

Sharon thank you for your lovely message. Mom truly treasured your friendship.

Marie Shipley

My heart and prayers are with all of the family of Ruth Williams, she and I were friends for a long long time, even long distance once she moved from Liberty. She was a wonderful lady. She and I enjoyed many laughs and interesting talks over the years. I will miss finding and sending her the special cards she so enjoyed. But memories of her and our times together will be with me always. May God be with you all as you say your final good byes.

Sharon Key

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