She was born October 14, 1925, in Bourbon County, Kans., the daughter of Richard Arthur and Alma Mary (Fry) Duncan. She attended area schools and graduated with the senior class at FSHS in 1942. After graduation, she worked at Key Work Clothes until she met and married Livian Edwin Embry, September 21, 1946. Livian worked for AT&T, where he and Ruth traveled extensively across the USA. To this union, Livian and Ruth were blessed with three children; Jerry, Judy, and Janice.
Ruth belonged to the Cherry Grove Baptist Church, and she was a member of the Red Hat Society, Eastern Star, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, as well as the Class of 1942 Alumni. If you were trying to reach Ruth by phone and there was no answer, you knew that she was yelling "BINGO!" at the local Bingo Parlor or she was playing cards and dominoes with her gal pals at Calvary Crossing. She was also an avid attendee of the Fort Scott Jubilee.
Survivors include her children; Jerry Embry and his wife Libby of Abilene, Texas, and their two children, Clint and Lara, Judy Welch and her husband George, of Bronson, Kans., and their five children, Justin, Ashley, Dakota, Chelsea, Nicole and her husband Mike Ward, Janice Hardin of Fort Scott, Kans., and her daughter, Jessica and husband Chuck Wilson, a sister, Lois Parks of Fort Scott, Kans., and four great grandchildren; Synott Embry Salas, Eileen Embry, and Tristan and Treyton Wilson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Livian, her parents, a brother; Hurchel Duncan, and two sisters; Thelma Felt, and Faye Mabery.
Rev. R.B. Shoemaker, and Rev. Dale Cummins will conduct funeral services for Ruth 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Memory Gardens of Bourbon County Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday, April 22, 2008 from 6--8 p.m., with an Eastern Star Service at 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Cherry Grove Baptist Church and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kans., 66701.