Obituary published Jan. 8, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

Ruth Alice Stevens Hart, 81, of Williamsburg, Mo., died on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo.
Ruth Alice Hart was born Dec. 7, 1931 in Montgomery County, Mo., to Walker Warden Stevens and Bertha Marie Hudson Stevens. She attended school at Sunny-Hill Petonia and graduated from Montgomery City High School and then went to a summer of college before teaching school for a few years at McKittrick, Mo. Ruth married Melvin E. "Pete" Hart on Oct. 7, 1950 in Hermann, Mo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 2005. She helped with the disabled at the ARC doing music and Lyons Court in Montgomery City, Mo. She also helped raise ostriches at the Ostrich Farm near Mineola, Mo. When she lived in Montgomery County, she taught Sunday School and directed the primary children's choir at the United Methodist Presbyterian Church in Montgomery City, Mo. for several years. Ruth was a member of the Old Auxvasse Nine-Mile Pres-byterian Church and the Presbyterian Church Women and Quilters groups; she was a charter member of the Helping Hands Extension Club and did work for the extension council of Montgomery County and the district for many years; she helped found the Handy Helpers 4-H Club, and was a 4-H Leader. She helped found the Montgomery County Garden Tractors Pullers Association where Pete and her were very active. Ruth also volunteered her time at the Williamsburg Elementary School and quilted with the Wil-liamsburg Quilters. Ruth and Pete farmed west of Montgomery City for many years, before later moving to Williamsburg where she made her home for the past 23 years.
Mrs. Hart is survived by one son and two daughters: Randy Hart and wife, Toni, of Fayette, Mo.; Sharon Steffan; and Kathy Johnson and husband, Jim, all of Williamsburg, Mo. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Jennifer Johnson, Josh Johnson and wife, Kara, Kendall Johnson, Brandon Hart and wife, Melinda, Kayla Hart, Danielle Tyree and husband, Stephen, Dustin Hart and wife, Brittany, Shayna Arcala and husband, Gilbert, Elyse Wingbermuehle and husband, David, and Samuel Steffan. Also surviving are stepgrandchildren, Tara McCutcheon, Dana Fleming and husband, George, and Cory McCutcheon and wife, Stacie, and seven great-grandchildren, Ethan and Alex McBain, Riley Johnson, Elaina Arcala, Zackary and Kyleigh Hart, and Kameny Prothro; and one stepgrandchild, George Douglas Fleming; one brother, Joseph Stevens and wife, Marilyn, of Montgomery City, Mo.; two brothers-in-law, Harry Hart and wife, Dolly, of Jonesburg, Mo.; and John Hart and wife, Carol, of Princeton, Mo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Mrs. Hart was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pete Hart; son-in-law, Steve Steffan; brother, Walker Warden Stevens, Jr., and an infant sister.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Old Auxvasse Nine-Mile Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg, Mo. The Reverend Jim Cruickshank will officiate and interment will be in the Montgomery City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. at the Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City, Mo. Casketbearers will be her grandsons, Josh Johnson, Kendall Johnson, Brandon Hart, Dustin Hart, and Samuel Steffan. Honorary casketbearers will be her granddaughters, Jennifer Johnson, Kayla Hart, Danielle Tyree, Shayna Arcala, and Elyse Wingbermuehle.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Old Auxvasse Nine-Mile Presbyterian Church or to the Montgomery City Cemetery, % Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Rd., Montgomery City, Mo. 63361.
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