Ruth Ruby Chestnut, age 86 of Mission, Kansas and formerly of Clay Center, passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Garden Terrace of Overland Park.
She was born on November 14, 1929 on her family farm outside of Green, the daughter of David M. and Clara (Reiker) Heilman.
On June 4, 1955, she was married to Donald Dean Chestnut at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Clay Center. He preceded her in death on June 29, 2001.
Ruth was a homemaker and had worked at Parkview Plaza/Apollo Towers in Clay Center. She moved in when Parkview Plaza was brand new in 1981 and lived there for 33 years until she moved to Mission. She was a member of the Clay Center Wesleyan Church and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and going for walks.
She is survived by one son, Larry Chestnut and Angela of Mission; one daughter, Jeannine Derrough and John of Des Moines, Iowa; two brothers, Wesley Heilman and Margaret of Circleville, Ohio and Paul Heilman and Gloria of Beaumont, Texas; three sisters, Esther Wease of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Naomi Rogers and David of Salt Lake City, Utah and Miriam Westenhaver and Bob of Chattanooga, Tennessee; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Philip Heilman.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Clay Center Wesleyan Church with Pastor Rob Stewart officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime Sunday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley. The family will receive friends from 4 until 5:00 P.M. Sunday. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.