Ruth Beetch

Ruth Elaine Beetch, 85, of Abilene, Kansas, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 at the Village Manor Nursing Home in Abilene after a short illness.  The family has chosen to have a celebration of Life July 17th for family and friends at the Abilene City Park Rose Garden.  

Memorials in Ruth’s honor are kindly suggested to the Dickinson County Kansas 4-H scholarship fund or the Trails End Quilt Guild.  Memorials may be mailed to the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home in Abilene, Kansas.

Ruth was born July 28, 1935 on the coyote ranch in Morris county east of Woodbine, Kansas, the daughter of Herbert L and Vera M (Adam) Heller. She married Wilbur Bass in September 1955, was widowed in 1961, they had two children, Randy and Lynda.  Ruth later married Melvin Beetch in April 1964 and widowed in February 1998, they had two children, Sandy and Kevin.

Ruth attended elementary school near Pearl, KS.  She then attended high school at Dickinson County Community High School (DCCHS) in Chapman, Kansas graduating in 1953.  

She first worked for United Utilities in Abilene and then part time as a secretary at Duckwall-ALCO   offices and the Abilene Jr. High while married to Wilbur.  Later Ruth met and married Melvin Beetch and moved to the Beetch family farmstead near Carlton, Kansas.  She enjoyed lending a hand on the farm, taking meals to the fields, and raising her children.  Later Ruth went to work in Salina as an insurance agent at various agencies for several years.  After Melvin passed away, Ruth moved to Abilene and began working for the Abilene Greyhound store.  She also worked as a receptionist at the Medical clinic in Abilene several years.  She also enjoyed working at Brown Memorial Home as a cook and receptionist until she retired in 2016.  Ruth was a member of New Basel United Church of Christ and currently a member of the Emanuel First Methodist church of Abilene.  She was a member of the Holland EHU Farm Wives group, and Chisholm Trail Quilt Guild, as well as a volunteer at Memorial Hospital and the Dickinson County Historical Society Heritage Museum.

Ruth was one of 8 children growing up in the Woodbine community.  Family was an important part of her life.  Ruth never missed the annual family reunion or extended family dinners during the holidays.  She learned to sew at an early age.  She loved collecting fabric and piecing quilts.  She treasured quilts given to her by her mother.  She enjoyed teaching her children and grandchildren her sewing skills as well as many Holland Sunflower 4-H members.  Ruth pieced a quilt for each of her Grandchildren as a High school graduation gift.  She proudly displayed her quilts upon completion at her quilt guild meetings.   Ruth enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and following their activities and achievements both as children and young adults.  She attended many dance recitals, ball games, and county fair competitions over the years.  Volunteering in the community was an important part of her life.  She was a 4-H leader, a superintendent at the county fair, helped with church events, and directed tourists at the Dickinson County Historical Society Heritage Museum.  She enjoyed visiting with friends, playing cards, reading, and calling her family members that lived miles away.  Watching KU, KSU, KC Royals, and Chiefs’ games were her favorite weekend activities.   Ruth loved collecting angel figurines and flowers.  She could view the beautiful City Park Rose Garden from her front door and took many walks through the garden.  

Ruth was proceeded in death by her parents, Herbert L. Heller and Vera M. (Adam) Heller, her husbands, Wilbur Ernest Bass and Melvin Howard Beetch; 5 sisters and 1 brother.  

Left to cherish her memory are her four children, Randy Bass of Abilene, KS; Lynda (Bass) Ayres (Kelley) of Minden, NE; Sandy (Beetch) Miller (Lyle) of Carlton, KS; and Kevin Beetch (Karen) of Newton, KS.  She has ten grandchildren, Shaila (Miller) Ortega (Shawn) of Overland Park, KS; Danielle (Ayres) Wheeler (Jay) of Pine Island, Minnesota; Carissa (Miller) Tucker (Daniel) of Tucson, Arizona; Charlie Beetch (Dedra) of Seattle,  Washington;  Katelyn Beetch (Neph Parra) of Hutchinson, KS; Parker Ayres of Tonganoxie, KS; Madisyn (Ayres) Matthews (Dylan) of Lincoln, NE; Kassidy (Thompson) Britain (Jacob) of Whitewater, KS;  Joel Thompson and Zeke Thompson of Newton, KS; and five great grandchildren, Easton, Tristan and Maxson Wheeler of Pine Island, Minnesota; Kinley and Neiko Beetch-Parra of Hutchinson, KS.  She is survived by a sister, Dorothy Hartenstein and her husband Gene of Chapman, KS; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Beetch of Carlton, KS; and Shirley (Bass) Kasper of Hillsboro, KS; many extended relatives and friends.