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Ruth Louise Boese
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Ruth Louise (Rocke) Boese was born July 9, 1916, to Robert C. and Alvena G. (Boller) Rocke in Hallam, Nebraska. She graduated from high school at Cortland, Nebraska in 1934 and attended Peru State Teachers’ College. She continued her education and taught at several one-room schools in Gage County, Nebraska. Ruth married Walter Boese on September 26, 1939. She continued her teaching career and education, being recognized for academics in 1967 and graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1968. In addition to her teaching career, Ruth was a homemaker and assisted her husband with the family farm. She taught elementary education in Pickrell and Beatrice, Nebraska. In 1972, Walter retired from farming and they moved from the family farm to Beatrice. Ruth continued teaching, retiring in 1981. Due to health, Ruth and Walter sold their home in 1994 and moved to Our Lady of Mercy Country Home in Liberty, Missouri, to be close to their son Gary and his family. Ruth’s love of teaching never ended as she tutored a student in her late 80’s and even at holiday dinners would recant experiences to her great grandchildren on how the world had changed during her lifetime.

Ruth loved being with family, enjoyed travel, cards, bingo, sports, and visiting with friends. She will be remembered for her positive attitude and her participation in activities despite losing much of her eyesight to macular degeneration. Ruth was a Silver Sister and a 25-year member of Alpha Delta Kappa. She was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Glen Rocke; and her husband, Walter, in 1999. Survivors include her son, Gary L. Boese and wife Joyce of Liberty, Missouri; grandson, Cory Boese of Liberty, Missouri; granddaughters, Kristi Wilhelm and husband Steve, and Darcy Reeves and husband Larry all of Liberty; and seven great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 4-5:30 pm Sunday, December 3, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, December 4, at Fox Funeral Home, 1116 North 19th Street, Beatrice, NE. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Beatrice. Memorials are suggested to the Beatrice Education Association, 600 Orange Blvd., Beatrice, NE 68310. Liberty Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228


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