Ruth Esther (Razook) Davis
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Ruth Esther Davis (Razook), 88, was welcomed into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. Ruth was born on January 31st, 1925 in Cambridge, Kansas to Almaza and Albert Razook; who had immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in the early 1900s.
One of twelve children, Ruth was second to the youngest and enjoyed all the benefits of being part of such a large and close-knit family. One of Ruth's favorite things to do as a young girl was spend time with her Lebanese Grandmother, who only spoke in her native tongue. This kept Ruth bilingual and connected to her heritage, which was the most important thing in her life. She cherished the love and far-reaching arms that went along with the Lebanese culture, where family traditions were first and foremost, and the emphasis was always on spending time together.
Ruth attended Wichita High School North, graduating in 1942 and then went on to attend Wichita Business College. At the time of marrying her husband, Robert L. Davis on November 17, 1956, Ruth was employed by the Wichita Veterans Administration Hospital. The couple then relocated to Springfield, Missouri shortly after their marriage, where Ruth was proud to live for the remainder of her life.
An active member of the community, Ruth was on the Altar Guild and a valued member of the congregation at St. James Episcopal Church, and later in her life became a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church. She volunteered at many civic organizations including the local Ronald McDonald house, and various elementary schools where she would help children learn to read. She was also an avid bridge player, and found joy in cooking and sewing, and being surrounded by her large family and network of friends.
She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She always put others before herself.
She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed on May 14, 1989, and nine of her siblings. She is survived by her two children: Candace Lee Davis (David Davis) and her daughter, Jacki Moseley of Springfield, Missouri; and Robert Lee Davis Jr., and his children Chandler and Piper Davis of Santa Barbara, California. She is also survived by two of her sisters, Mary Simon (Mitchell Simon) of Clinton, Oklahoma and Dee Massed (deceased Alex Massed) of Austin, TX and numerous nieces, and nephews who were a cherished and integral part of her life.
A private ceremony will be held in Ruth's honor and the family would ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the
(alz.org) or the
. They would also like to thank The Gardens of Springfield for their care and support of Ruth during her final few years, and find solace in the fact that Ruth has been welcomed into the Kingdom of Christ.
Published in the News-Leader on June 23, 2013