On the evening of Wednesday, December 14th Mary Ruth (Mittelhauser) Combs was welcomed into her eternal home.
Mary Ruth was born on December 28, 1939, to Maynard and Ruth (McKenzie) Mittelhauser in Neelyville, MO. On August 11, 1957, she married the love of her life Ray Combs.
When she was young her family moved to Sedalia, Missouri. She attended the one room Brown School house which would later become part of her and Ray’s property. She was a proud graduate of the Smith Cotton class of 1957 and cherished her many life long high school friends.
Mary Ruth worked for Dr. David Edwards while in high school and up until the time she and Ray moved to Fort Lewis, Washington. When they returned after Ray’s discharge from the Army, she became a full-time homemaker raising four children. She had a large garden and canned most of their vegetables for the next year. She was also a gifted seamstress and made clothes for both her daughters as well as herself. Food was a large part of her legacy – the family ate well, and she shared food with lots of friends and family. In 1978 Mary Ruth once again joined the workforce working for Dr. Anderson, DDS specializing in oral surgery. Mary Ruth managed his office and was responsible for filing insurance claims. After his retirement Dr. Beasley bought the practice and she ultimately retired in 2014 from the offices of Dr. Flack and Stone.
Mary Ruth was a lifelong member of The Brown Community Club. She was also a faithful member of First Christian Church where she belongs to The Bethany Sunday School Class, Group 5 and DWM. She was a 4-H Leader for Brown 4-H Club. Mary Ruth loved many things but what she loved most were her children and grandchildren. She bent over backwards making family plans that worked for everyone.
Survivors include her husband Ray of 65 years; four children all of Sedalia: Christy Goodman (Mickey); Kevin (Loletta); Kenneth (Terri) and Carla Curry (Bill). Six grandchildren: Nicholas (Lindsey) of Martin, TN; Jacelyn Hejtmanek (Kyle) of Kansas City, MO; Miles (Lindsey) Curry of Sedalia, Mitchel Curry (Cord) of Lee’s Summit; Macie Curry of Sedalia and McCade Curry of Sedalia; and 4 great-grandchildren; a brother Carl Mittelhauser (Crystal) of Cocoa Beach FL and a sister Donna Ray of St. Louis, MO along with several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all who were involved in her care. She was loved by many.
Visitation will be at First Christian Church, Sedalia, MO on Wednesday, December 21st from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The funeral service will be Thursday, December 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at the church with burial following at Memorial Park. The service will be livestreamed by the church.
While Mary Ruth loved flowers, she always believed that memorial donations left a more lasting impression. The family suggests donations to First Christian Church or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are by Heckart Funeral Home.