Funeral services for Ruth Ferrel will be 10:30 AM Monday, July 9, 2012 at the Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, Missouri (660) 679-0009 with Brother Bill Perkey officiating. Visitation Sunday evening, 5-7 PM at Mullinax Funeral Home. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.
Helen Ruth Ferrel, 86 of Abilene, Texas and formerly of Butler, Missouri, died July 4, 2012 in Abilene. Ruth was born July 2, 1926 in Linn County, Kansas, daughter of George and Evelyn (Crawford) Thomas.
Ruth was recognized in 2003 by Missouri Department of Education for the protégé title as a Missouri Pioneer Teacher and was one of five State of Missouri educators selected in 2003 as Missouri Pioneer Teacher for more than 50 years of a distinguished career and contributions to public education. Ruth started in a one-room school house where she had to build a fire in a pot belly stove to keep warm, to today’s modern Butler Elementary School house. Ruth’s dedication to education for over 50 years has shaped the minds of the Bates County Community.
Ruth was preceded in Death by her parents, husband Paul E. Ferrel on March 10, 2008, and three brothers, John Thomas, David Thomas and Paul Thomas. She is survived by two sons, LTC (R) Paul Allen Ferrel of Bulverde, Texas, and Gary Lynn Ferrel of Abilene, Texas, one sister, Barbara Evelyn Slater of Galax, Virginia, 13 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.