She was born July 30, 1929, in Bourbon County, Kan., the daughter of Earl Ivan Ater and Birdie Lillian Judy Ater. She was a 1947 graduate of Uniontown High School. Ruth married Glen Banwart on Aug. 13, 1950, at the Mt. Orum Baptist Church near Redfield. He preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 2006. She was retired as a commercial underwriter for American States Insurance Company. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Tabernacle.
Survivors include two daughters, Glenda Doreen Miner and husband Alan, Lowell, Ark., and Sheila Kae Whitley and husband Robert, Rogers, Ark. Also surviving is a son-in-law, Jim Stringer, Rogers, Ark.; five grandchildren, Aaron Miner and wife Danielle, Nathan Miner and wife Julie, Caleb Miner, Christopher Stringer and wife AnnDee and Elizabeth Kinnaman and husband Ryan; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Cynthia Stringer and a son Jeffery Banwart.
Rev. Paul Rooks will conduct funeral services at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Grace Baptist Tabernacle. Burial will follow in Mt. Orum Cemetery near Redfield. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Carriage House, 301 S. Main. Memorials are suggested to either the Grace Baptist Tabernacle or the Circle of Life Hospice and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com