Kearney resident, 99
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KEARNEY - Ruth Lorraine Hayward, 99, of Kearney, formerly of Trenton, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Cambridge Court in Kearney.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trenton United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Lewis officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Palisade Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, all at Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel in Trenton.
She was born Jan. 6, 1914, in Hitchcock County near Stratton to Roy and Effie (Gagle) Spencer.
On Dec. 24, 1936, she married Lawrence Hayward. He died May 5, 1980.
Survivors include her grandchildren, Kim Clark and Bobbi Ehmke and her husband, Scott, all of Kearney, Scot Berger and his wife, Renee, of Azle, Texas, Max Plank and his wife, Jane, of Hollister, Calif., and Dan Plank and his wife, Susan, and Adam Plank, all of Fremont; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Scott and her husband, Everett, of Anaheim, Calif.; son-in-law, Bill Berger of Kearney; brother-in-law, Dan Doyle of Wichita, Kan.; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Spencer of Kearney.
She graduated from Stratton High School and received her normal training in 1932 to teach school. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Kearney State Teachers College in 1964.
Ruth taught school at Hayes County District 12 during World War II and later in Hitchcock County, including 25 years in Trenton. Ruth taught elementary school grades for more than 41 years and retired in 1980.
She and Lawrence resided in Palisade and later moved to a farm south of Palisade. They moved into Trenton in 1954.
Ruth was an 85-year member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Chi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Business and Professional Women's Club, and McCook Retired Teachers Association.
She enjoyed ceramic painting, crocheting and reading. Ruth enjoyed traveling to many places throughout her life. Her lifelong love was teaching and caring for her family.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Barbara Plank and Glenda Berger; grandson, Robert Plank; great-grandson, Daiten Horn; great-granddaughter, Amanda Plank; sisters, Helen Ekstrum, Esther Doyle and Favola Spencer; and brothers, Jim and Russel Spencer.
Memorials may be left to either AseraCare Hospice or in her name at the Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel.
Published in Kearney Hub on February 4, 2013