Geneva Garnet Ruth-Beavers, 99, Mercer, MO passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at a Princeton, MO nursing home.
Geneva Garnet was born June 23rd, 1920 at Mercer, Missouri, the daughter of Jay Roscoe and Addie (Cravens) Polston. Garnet grew up in the Mercer area, attending rural country schools and Mercer Grade School. At age 16, she moved with her parents to Princeton, Missouri in 1936. She attended Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, Missouri and Princeton High School.
Garnet was married to Albert Ruth of Princeton on March 25th, 1939 at Trenton, Missouri. Garnet and “Bill” lived in Princeton until 1940, when they moved to Kansas City, Missouri. Garnet worked at the Russel Stover Candy Factory at 12th and Main St.
In Dec 1942, Bill and Garnet moved back to Princeton as Bill was going into the Army during WWII. During 1943 and 1944 she lived in Rolla, Missouri and Sturgis, Kentucky. After the war ended, Garnet and Bill lived in Princeton over 40 years before moving to Mercer in 1979. Bill died Mar 30, 1981.
Garnet was married to James Robert Beavers at Mercer on September 23rd, 1983. Jim died September 7th, 1997.
Garnet was preceded in death by her husbands, Bill Ruth and Jim Beavers; two children, a baby daughter, Karen Louise Ruth in 1939 and a 2 year old son, Steven Ruth, in 1945; her parents, Roscoe and Addie Polston; two sisters, Thelma Cox and Ethel Burr and two brothers, Freddie Polston and Noel Polston.
Surviving are her two sons, Ronnie Lee Ruth, Princeton, and Thomas Michael Ruth and wife, Christine and step-children, Sidnee, Daniel, Michael, and Dustin, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Garnet was kind and caring, a homemaker, a wonderful mother, and a beautiful person. As a young woman she loved music, dancing, laughter and love. She loved her family, the springtime, flowers in bloom, gardening, sewing, church, reading and going for rides in the country. Having grown up riding in the back of horse drawn wagons to riding in Model T’s on dirt roads, living through the great depression of the 30’s, seeing a husband and a son go to war in WWII and Vietnam, seeing America put a man on the moon, and learning to use technology that could never been imagined a hundred years ago, Garnet witnessed and experienced a lot in her lifetime. Garnet was a role model for being kind to others. Her kindness has touched the lives of many, and we were blessed to have her while she was here.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 Roberson Funeral Home, Princeton, MO. Burial will be in the Fairley Cemetery, Princeton, MO. Friends may call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com.