Kay Ann Ruth
Kay Ann Ruth (Purdy)

Gilbert - Kay touched many lives throughout her 25 years in Teaching. She had a beautiful gift of knowing when to help others, from touching your arm knowing you were in need, to stopping you from making a life altering decision. Kay loved the Holiday's. Her smile shined bright and her eyes sparkled with excitement. She taught for 25 years at Barcelona Jr. High, Snowflake High School and Show Low High School. Her influence over the years with her students lasted well into their adulthood. Kay never knew a stranger. She had the biggest heart and was the best secret keeper. She wanted the best for all those around her. Kay loved music, the outdoors, the ocean and especially San Diego. Kay enjoyed collecting angels. Kay had one pet dog named Toby, she loved that dog. Kay's love for her bear, Buddy, was endless. He spent countless hours with her and was by her side during her treatments. If Kay had one wish for you, she would want you to live your best life and to help others.

Kay Ann Ruth passed away September 27,2019, at Age 72. She was born September 7, 1947 in Albion, Michigan. She moved from Litchfield, Michigan to Phoenix, Arizona at age 15. She attended Camelback High School. She lived in Arizona for 57 years. She married Bill Ruth on September 7, 1968 in Yuma, Arizona.

Education: B.A, M.A, Education Secondary, Arizona State University. Corporate Officer Vita Products Inc.

Surviving Relatives: William Larsen Ruth, Husband Gilbert, Arizona, Mary Denny, Jan Wawrzyniak, Judy Shier, Surviving Sisters.

Deceased Relatives: Raymond Purdy, Father, Mildred Hyland, Mother, John Purdy and her twin Ray Purdy, Brothers.

Celebration of Life Spring 2020

East Valley Maricopa County

Show Low Arizona

Litchfield, Michigan

Published by The Arizona Republic from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13, 2019.
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Oh my heck!!!! I am just now seeing this celebration of life post for Kay... I will always remember her , she spent lots of hours after class doing work with me! Bill Ruth... I have NEVER forgotten YOU!!! I was the biggest cry baby forever but I turned out ok! I never made it back to your class to return a box of tissues to you that you always had so laughingly ready for me when I came to class! I have often wondering how and where you all were. Hugs to you and yours.
Kay will certainly be missed.
Angie Turner Erickson (87 I think) its been a hot minute.
Angie TURNER Erickson
July 9, 2020
We all dearly loved you both so very much. My prayers and good thoughts are with you Mr. Ruth
Love you. Both
Julia Hilliard
October 15, 2019
I loved Mrs. Ruth she was such a great English Teacher and Always enjoyed her Classes. I especially liked reading the book (To Kill A Mockingbird) and we also watched the movie. But I loved being in her class
Julia Hilliard/Howard
October 15, 2019
I just learned, today, of Mrs. Ruth's passing. She was my freshman English teacher in Snowflake in 1977-78. She forever changed the way I looked at our language and how we can best communicate. I'd looked for her over the years, but was unable to find her. I wanted to let her know of the influence she had on me. I so wish I could have repaid her for the knowledge she gave me. Just a great teacher and equally great human being. Thank you for the memories. God-Speed, Mrs. Ruth--you're not gone as long as you're remembered!
Jay Crutchfield MD
October 13, 2019
Mrs Ruth....a teacher who cared for each child individually. I was blessed to be one of those children and will never forget her compassion and love for others. True example to follow as we journey through this life.
Derek Wilcock
October 13, 2019
So very sorry to hear of this major loss. Mrs Ruth was such a beautiful person inside and out. You were a perfect example of a true love story with your love towards each other and to your students. She will be greatly missed.

Tammy Raudabaugh - Thomas
Bill Raudabaugh
October 13, 2019
Dear Bill,

We're sorry Kay is gone. You were truly a unit. We never thought of just Kay or Bill, because you were inseparable.

Leonard & Julie
leonard burkland
October 12, 2019
Absolutely love you guys, what a great time in my life that was. You two have always been some of my favorite people. So very sorry for your loss Bill.
Sam Jones
October 12, 2019
Mr. Ruth,
I'm so sorry to hear of Mrs. Ruth's passing!! Continued prayers of peace & comfort during this time. Sending you healing hugs!!!
Lorie Reed-Freeman
October 12, 2019
Kay's effect on those who were lucky enough to be in her presence was like the light of a candle - she was always warm and full of light! She made you want to be closer to her and stay as long as possible. We will all miss you so much and we will do our best to keep Bill busy and entertained. We love you Bill and we love you Kay - thank you both for sharing your lives with us! ♥♥
Valerie Sloan
October 11, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you Mr. Ruth. Mrs. Ruth was a very caring and beautiful teacher and will be missed by so many. I hope you know that you both have made a huge influence in so many of your fellow students lives. God Bless you.
Carla Dickey-Rojas
October 10, 2019
Kay was such a beautiful person inside and out. She loved the mountain and her flowers. We feel very blessed that we were able to be a part of her life. Every time I see a breathtaking wildflower I will think of you my friend. You will truly be missed.
Teddy and Jim Sheedy
October 10, 2019
Such a wonderful person and amazing teacher. Her legacy lives on in all of us whose lives she touched. She is missed.
Amy Miller
October 10, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She will never be forgotten.

Johanna Curell-Whiting (Chanel #5) and Darin Whiting.

Show Low
Class of 86 (Darin)
Class of 87 (Johanna)
Johanna Curell
October 10, 2019
A beautiful person taken from this world too soon! She will missed by many and especially by me. Thoughts and prayers to Bill and her family.
Pat Thim
October 9, 2019
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