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Anna Ruth Bishop
  • 88 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 4, 1927
  • Place of birth:
    Albany, Missouri, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 22, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Topeka, Kansas, United States
Memorial services were held Friday, March 25th, 2:00 pm at Faith Lutheran Church, Most sincere gratitude goes out to all of our dear friends, family and the Faith Lutheran community for your love, support and prayers.

Our beloved Mother, Anna "Ruth" Bishop, completed her earthly journey on Tuesday morning, March 22nd, 2016.  

She was born on July 4th, 1927 to Oliver and Stella Crockett in Albany, Missouri.   She was the 4th of eight children and was raised on a farm in the northwestern part of the state.

Ruth met Francis Bishop of New Brunswick, Canada, while studying for a B.A. in Education at Central Missouri State University.  They were married on May 21st, 1951, in St. Joseph, Missouri.  They both continued their education at the University of Kansas with Francis recieving an Engineering Degree and Ruth earning her Master's degree in Special Education.  

Our Father, Francis Vernon Bishop's Forevermissed.com Memorial may be found via the following link: francis-vernon-bishop.forevermissed.com

Ruth had a life-long interest in working with children and taught elementary and home bound "special education" for nearly 40 years with the Topeka 501 School District.

Ruth enjoyed antiquing, family and friends, her church - and Siamese cats.  She loved day trips to Lawrence (home of Ruth and Francis' alma mater - KU) and rarely missed her afternoon cup of coffee.  In her later years, Mom received daily loving care from daughter-in-law Antonia and son Stewart as they both persued their own Master's Degrees.

Ruth and Francis worshipped at St. John's and Faith Lutheran Churches.  They are survived by son Stewart and daughter Reta Jane.

***  In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a memorial donation to one of Mom and Dad's favorite small town, no-kill animal shelters - "Prairie Paws Animal Shelter" in Ottawa, Kansas.  Dad's cat Mozart came from that shelter: http://prairiepaws.org/honoriam-memorials/ 
For more information on Prairie Paws, please click the "Her Life" tab above and scrool to the bottom of the section. ***

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Susan Ramsey on 5th July 2016

"Thinking of you, Jane, just saw that yesterday was your mother's birthday.  We send you love and peace."

This tribute was added by Gayle Crockett on 4th July 2016

"Dad and I stopped by yesterday to see Uncle Olen and Debbie.  We were talking about Aunt Ruth and remembered her birthday on July 4.  Debbie's daughter, Tara, also has a July 4 firecracker bday.  Thinking of you all today.  I have fond memories of Aunt Ruth.  Her kindness, her soft voice and laugh.  May memories comfort you today."

This tribute was added by Jane Bishop on 11th May 2016

"Lighting a candle for you, Mom."

This tribute was added by Judith Carlson on 10th May 2016

"I am so sorry for the loss of you mother Jane. If she was anything like you, I am sure she was an angel.  Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and I am confident that you parents are looking lovingly upon you.  Hugs and warm regards always."

This tribute was added by Jane Bishop on 12th April 2016

"From the Topeka Capital Journal Guestbook:

Condolences.
--Jean Pheasant (former neighbor), Topeka, Kansas"

This tribute was added by Jane Bishop on 28th March 2016

"From the Topeka Capital Journal Guestbook:

I am saddened by the death of Ruth whom my husband, Donald J. Culley and I knew from our days at Central Missouri State College. Ironically, we all ended up in Topeka, Kansas and in the teaching profession. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She was a remarkable woman.

Mr. and Mrs. Don and Jackey Culley (Faith Lutheran Church Elders)"

This tribute was added by Jane Bishop on 28th March 2016

"From the Topeka Capital Journal Guestbook:

Stuart and family. I am so sorry to hear about Ruth's passing. I really enjoyed getting to know her. She was a very special woman.
Respectfully,
~
Patricia Torrez, Topeka, Kansas"

This tribute was added by Jane Bishop on 28th March 2016

"From the Topeka Capital Journal Guestbook:

Stewart and Reta,
Your mother was such a wonderful person. May your fond memories of her encourage you each day. Both of you are in our thoughts and prayers
~
Jamie Bruhl (Cousin), Lakewood, Colorado"

This tribute was added by Jane Bishop on 28th March 2016

"From the Topeka Capital Journal Guestbook:

Dear Stewart and Reta,
Aunt Ruth was always a caring and loving woman who will be missed by all. May you find some comfort in your memories. Thinking of your family.
God Bless, Karen and Joe Ramaeker
~
Karen Ramaeker (Cousin), Omaha, Nebraska"

This tribute was added by Steve Shrager on 25th March 2016

"Sending my condolences to you and your family Jane.  All my love and a big long hug. Steve"

This tribute was added by Jane Bishop on 24th March 2016

"Mother, you were (and will always be) the greatest gift that God could give me in this life.  I will continue to look for your love and guidance from Heaven, one day to see you again.  I love you so very much."

This tribute was added by Julie B on 24th March 2016

"What a lovely memorial to celebrate the amazing life journey of Ruth.  By looking at the photos I envisioned her life of learning, laughter, and love impacting so many in such a positive way.  She has left a lifetime of wonderful memories to be cherished.  Stewart, Reta, and Antonia--I wish you peace and comfort."

This tribute was added by Antonia Kirui-Bishop on 24th March 2016

"Mom, you have stepped into Eternity and your earthly suite is no more! You are now in a glorified, disease free body, celebrating with the host of heaven. Your parting with us was not an end but a magnificent beginning; the terrestrial just got swallowed up by the celestial. God has you in His arms, we have you in our hearts. We can't wait to meet you at heaven's front gate when our temporary assignment on earth is complete. Thank you for your kindness and encouraging spirit. You enriched our hearts in so many ways! Holding your memory with awe and pleasure, and hanging onto the promise of re-union.
Love, Toni."

This tribute was added by mike maxwell on 23rd March 2016

"Stewart , Antonia and Reta,
    very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great lady and will be missed by many. I'll let the guys know and we'll see you at the service.
   God bless,  Mike"

This tribute was added by Linda Garcia on 23rd March 2016

"God bless you Anna Ruth.  You have been a role model to your daughter Reta Jane who loves fiercely and protectively. I can't think of any attribute more important to a citizen of this earth.  Thank you for your light here and beyond.  Peace and comfort to you and your family"

This tribute was added by Luana Cesario on 23rd March 2016

"I have so many fond memories of your mom and know that she is at peace.  Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by JC Garner on 23rd March 2016

"Although I did not know your Mom or your family, it is evident that she was a kind, loving, and considerate woman as that is how you are, Jane.  She taught you well.  It is wonderful that you were able to spend these last days with her.  I'm sure she was comforted with your love.  Keeping you & your family in our thoughts & prayers."

This tribute was added by Susan Ramsey on 23rd March 2016

"Your family was fortunate to have so many years together, parents and children.Your childhood memories and adult understanding have formed and enriched your lives, enabling you to love and care for your parents as they ended their journeys on this earth.  As your mother gave you life you have given her peace, an example to the world. We hold you in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Robin Underwood on 23rd March 2016

"This is a lovely tribute to Ruth.  May she rest in peace.  She shines on through the example of her children.  We're blessed with daughter's friendship.  Thinking of you.  Robin & Rebecca"

This tribute was added by Pam Davis on 23rd March 2016

"Sending love and prayers to Antonia, Stewart and Jane as you say goodbye to your mom.  Thinking of you all and know that your love and caring was a gift to your beloved mother and she felt your love all around her."


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