Monday, October 17, 2011

Ruth Katherine Johns, 82, of Shell Knob, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in her home.

She was born Sept. 13, 1929, in Corning, N.Y., the daughter of Harold E. and Dorothy M. (Baker) Kenrick. On May 30, 1951, in Wilmore, Ky., she was united in marriage to Marvin Lowell Johns, who survives.

Additional survivors include: one son Michael Johns, wife, Mary, of St. Charles; two grandchildren; one sister, Grace MacLennan and husband, Robert, of North Adams, Mich.; sister-in-law, Betty Jo (Johns) DeBock and husband, Howard, of Quinlan, Okla.; and brother-in-law, Donald Johns and wife, Colette, of Tulsa, Okla. Preceding her in death were her parents.

She graduated from high school in Salamanca, N.Y. In 1951, she received her bachelor's degree with a diploma in piano from Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., and then received her master's degree in music education from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. For 33 years, she taught vocal music in the Wichita public school system. In 1987, she and Marvin moved to Shell Knob. She was involved in the Messiah Project, organized the Ozark Choral, led the Melodears for 19 years and coached voice at LUC Boys Ranch. She was the founder of the Springfield Chapter of Alpha-1 Association. She was a member of Central Community United Methodist Church, where she played piano and organ.

Funeral services were held Monday in Central Community United Methodist Church, Shell Knob, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Rev. Teressa Clyde and Pastor Barry Fielder conducted the services. Burial was at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield.

Contributions may be made to LUC Boys Ranch or Alpha-1 Association, Springfield Chapter, 2937 SW 27th Avenue, Suite 106, Miami, FL 33133.

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