Ruth Esther Mayer, daughter of Carter P. Worley and Esther M. Smith Worley was born December 10, 1930 in Frisco, Missouri and died on November 19, 2007 at the age of 76.
Ruth was a devoted member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dexter. She served as the first woman elder of the congregation and actively participated in The Missouri Festival of Sharing for more than 20 years.
Ruth graduated from Dexter High School in 1947 and received her BS in Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State Teachers College in 1957. She began her career at Boyd School in Pyletown and later taught Home Economics at Dexter Middle School for 25 years.
She lived her life for the service of others. Her activities included Chapter CP, PEO and the Missouri State Retired Teachers Association, both for which she formerly served as President; CWF (Christian Women's Fellowship); Church Women United; and Board for the Division of Aging.
She was united in marriage to Robert Jean Mayer on January 12, 1951 in Dexter. Mr. Mayer survives of the home in Dexter.
Other survivors include one daughter, Susan Ruth Bartlett and husband Randy Bartlett of Cape Girardeau, MO; two sisters-in-law, Mary Worley and Marjean Mayer of Dexter; one brother-in-law, Charles Pippins of Dexter; two grandchildren Leigh Bartlett Havelick and husband David Havelick of Portland, Ore. and Robert William Bartlett and wife Amanda Bartlett of Cape Girardeau, MO; and one great-grandson, Abram William Havelick of Portland, Ore.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Kenneth Dale and Carter Ronald Worley and sister, Marilyn Faye Pippins.
Visitation will be held from 4:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2007, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Vaughn Wright officiating. Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Building Fund, 224 East Stoddard St., Dexter, MO 63841; The Missouri Festival of Sharing, 3009 David Dr, Columbia, MO 65202; or Stoddard County Children's Home Memorial Fund, PO Box 164, Dexter, MO 63841.