Ruth Lenora Maupin Betsworth Breeding, 94, of Hugoton, Kansas, died Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Pioneer Manor in Hugoton, Kansas. She was born on September 16, 1928 in Bison, Kansas, the daughter of William Thomas and Veda Ruth (Rumford) Maupin.
Ruth moved to Pawnee Rock, Kansas, when she was 3 years old, where her parents owned a pharmacy, her father was the pharmacist. Growing up, many hours were spent behind the soda fountain at his parents’ drugstore, serving sodas, malts, shakes, banana splits and ice cream cones. She attended elementary and high school in Pawnee Rock until her senior year, when her parents moved to Holyrood, Kansas. She graduated from Holyrood High School in 1946. A few months after graduation, her parents moved to Hugoton, Kansas, where her father was employed by Bloodhart Drug. Ruth was employed by Republic Natural Gas when she moved to Hugoton. She married Morgan Orville Betsworth on July 22, 1947 in Hugoton, Kansas. Three sons were born of this union: Michael Morgan, William Leo and Brent Alan. Michael Morgan died of this life on February 26, 2000. Between 1957 and 1985, when she retired, Ruth was employed by the Stevens County Extension Council; Hugoton Elementary School; and was office manager for Chet Davis State Farm Insurance Agency for a total of 20 years. Retiring in 1985, she and her husband, Morgan Orville, spent two years vacationing in their 5th wheel. Morgan died in San Isabel, Colorado on August 24, 1987. After his death, Ruth was employed by the Stevens County Farm Bureau as a secretary. On June 9, 1989, Ruth and Charles Martel Breeding were married at the Hugoton Baptist Church in Hugoton, Kansas. Ten good years of married life were enjoyed by the two until Charles died on August 20, 1999.
Ruth has spent most of her life enjoying the pursuits of her husbands, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is not uncommon, years later, to see her attending the football, baseball, basketball and wrestling activities of her great-grandsons. One of his favorite remarks was “When I die, I’ll probably fall off a bleacher.” She spent a lot of time on the bleachers and enjoyed every minute of it. She loved her family very much and was very proud of their athletic abilities and also cherished and admired the beauty of her granddaughters and great-granddaughters.
Ruth was a member of the Hugoton Baptist Church. She taught Sunday School for several years, was a member of the church choir for years, and she and Morgan O. also sponsored the youth for several years. Ruth had recently attended the United Methodist Church in Hugoton.
Ruth is survived by her sons, William Betsworth and his wife Tarcy, Brent Betsworth and his wife Teri, all of Hugoton, Kansas; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Price and husband Kenneth de Rolla; grandchildren, Camee Gifford of Hugoton, Candace Rushing of Statesboro, Georgia, Kate Anderson of Savannah, Georgia, Trisha Putthoff of Shawnee, Bethany Owens of Centennial, Colorado and Brad Betsworth of Galeton, Colorado; eight step-grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Ruth is predeceased by her husbands, Morgan O. Betsworth and Charles Breeding; son, Michael M. Betsworth; parents, William and Veda Maupin; sister, Jacqueline M. Robinson; and stepson, Daniel Breeding; step-grandson, Taylor Oglesby; great-granddaughter, Sadee Gifford; and great-grandson, Jax Putthoff.
The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at the United Methodist Church in Hugoton, Kansas, with Pastor Wesley Young and Pastor Gary Stafford officiating. Interment will follow at Hugoton Cemetery in Hugoton. Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Garnand Funeral Home, 920 E. 11th St. in Hugoton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Pheasant Heaven Charities in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 920 E. 11th St. Hugoton, KS 67951. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.