Ruth Adena (Elmore) Boyer, 90, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 25, 2020. Ruth was born August 8, 1930 at the family farm in Stark City to Len and Marie Elmore. She was a graduate of Midway High School, Newtonia, Mo Class of 1948.
Ruth was united in marriage to Dale H. Boyer on December 24, 1949. Ruth and Dale owned and operated Dale’s IGA in Seneca, MO from 1968-1982. Before buying the IGA, Ruth and Dale purchased an eighty-acre farm southeast of East Newton School, where she milked cows. She also worked at New Electric in Neosho, MO while starting their family.
In 1958 they sold their farm and purchased their 1st grocery store in Wheaton, MO. Ruth enjoyed managing the dry goods and clothing department. While in Wheaton they were active members in the Wheaton First Baptist Church and made many lasting friendships. In 1966 they sold the Wheaton store and purchased a store in Decatur had it a year and then bought a store in Nowata, OK. In 1968 they moved to Seneca where they owned and operated Dale’s IGA until 1982. After selling the IGA, Ruth worked at the State Bank of Seneca until retiring in 1995. Ruth was a member of the Seneca BPW (Business Professional Women) for many years. She also was a member of the Seneca Red Hatter’s where she enjoyed many outings. Ruth was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Seneca for over 50 years.
Ruth had a kind disposition, a sweet spirit and a generous heart. She will be greatly missed by her family, her church family and her friends.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Len and Marie Elmore; her husband, Dale H. Boyer; two brothers, Leonard K. Elmore and infant brother Billy Elmore.
Survivors include; one daughter, Shirley Ann Patterson and husband Ricky, Granby, MO; one son Waymeth Boyer and wife Susan, Seneca; one sister-in-law, Sally Elmore, San Diego, Ca; four grandchildren; Missy Cook and husband Darren, Neosho, Matt Patterson and wife Darla, Granby, Candace Boyer Armstrong, Seneca and Waylon Boyer and wife Karisa, Seneca, seven great-grandchildren; Jacob and Wyatt Patterson, Brett and Brock Cook, Chaney, Quinton and Pace Platner and host of church family.
The family received friends from 6 to 7 pm, Monday, September 28, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Seneca.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at the First Baptist Church Seneca with Bro. Rod VanGorkam and Steve Crowley officiating. Burial was in the Ivey Cemetery southeast of Granby, MO with great-grandsons; Jacob Patterson, Wyatt Patterson, Brett Cook, Brock Cook, Quinton Platner and Pace Platner serving as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Matt Patterson, Waylon Boyer and Darren Cook.
Arrangements under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home Seneca, MO