Ruth (Knox) Lackey(1930 - 2014)

Ruth (Knox) Lackey, 83, of Parsons, died at 2:27 p.m., Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society of Parsons. She had been in failing health.
She was born November 27, 1930, in Virgil, Kansas to Willard and Mary (Commons) Knox. The Knox family moved to Thayer when she was two months old. Through entrepreneurship and hard work her family prospered in Thayer. During the depression they owned the produce house and later a truck line. Her father was the mayor, fire chief and at one time the biggest employer in Thayer. This is relevant only to help one understand how her parents must have felt when at the age of 15 she fell hard for Jud Lackey, the son of a local farmer during a Methodist Church hay-rack ride. The rest was history. They were married within the year and Jud was immediately put to work driving an egg truck for his new father-in-law. March 1st of this year they celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary together.
In 1950 their first child, a son, Kelley was born and 18 months later they welcomed a daughter, Kathryn. They worked hard as a team, moving to Vinita, Oklahoma for Jud's job as a Nutrena feed salesman while Ruth attended cosmetology school to help support their new family and assist them in realizing their dream of owning their own business.
They moved to Parsons in 1961 and purchased the Jarboe-Cowling feedlot. Throughout
The many years they were involved in the cattle business Ruth was an integral part of the operation. In the early days she did what was needed, running for parts, driving a silage truck, doing the books, all the while living in a small house in the middle of the feedlot. It would be negligent not to mention Walter Jarboe who was a partner and mentor to both Jud and Ruth throughout the years until his death. He was with them through thick and thin and Ruth loved him dearly.
After their retirement in 1997 Jud and Ruth took up the life of wanderers, buying a motor home and hitting the road. Ruth thrived and loved the months they spent traveling and their winters in south Texas.
Her passion was her family and friends. If Ruth was your friend she was your friend for life. She still shared lunches with a dozen or so high school chums as recently as a few months ago. She was a great entertainer and cook and loved nothing better than a house full of people. Her generous spirit and loyalty drew people from all walks of life to her. She was a true giver of her time, talent and resources.
She is survived by her husband Jud of the home; her son and daughter Kelley and Kathryn Lackey of Stockton, Missouri; her grandson Kelley J. Lackey II and his wife Carolyn of Emporia and their children Ian and Kathryn. Nothing brought Ruth more joy in the past nine years than her great-grandchildren. They were the light of her life and their frequent visits to "Granny Ruth" was always a cause for celebration. She adored her many nieces and nephews and her love was reciprocated. There was nothing better than the holidays at Uncle Jud's and Aunt Ruth's house in Parsons. Those were times cherished by all.
Ruth was preceded in death by her sister Helen Knox Radcliff, brother Willard "Pat" Knox and parents.
The past two years Ruth resided at the Good Samaritan Society in Parsons. Although in failing health she always tried to accept her situation with grace and good humor. The staff and residents became a second family to her and her family will always be indebted to them.
FUNERAL SERVICES – will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons. Burial will follow in the Thayer Cemetery. The casket will be closed at the service time.
The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that any memorials be made to the Good Samaritan Society or the Wesley United Methodist Church. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at
Goodbye sweet Ruth, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and loyal friend. You will be missed every day, but will always be in our hearts.

Funeral Home

Carson-Wall Funeral Home
112 North 26th Street Parsons, KS 67357
(620) 421-2280

Published in Morning Sun on Mar. 25, 2014