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   Cremation Obituary

Mrs. Ruth Hazel Porter (née Wellington), of Kansas City, KS, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2015 at the age of 93.

Ruth was born to parents James and Mary Wellington on May 13, 1921 in Hartford, CT. She grew up as the eldest of six and attended Hartford High School. In 1939, she married her high school sweetheart, John Ranger. In 1942, she took a position as a searchlight operator for the Coast Guard when her husband was drafted to fight in World War II. John was killed in action, and Ruth moved to Kansas City to start over and earn her teaching certificate.

Ruth married Hank Porter in 1949, and the couple had four children. Ruth taught the sixth grade until her retirement in 1980. She continued to volunteer at various schools throughout the district over the next twenty years.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Katherine Nolan; her son, Luke Porter; her sisters, Mary Ellen Greene and Anna Porter; twelve grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Hank Porter; her sons, Clark and Henry Porter; her parents, James and Mary; her sisters, Colleen Shaw and Henrietta Knight; and her brothers, Cole and Kent Porter.

A viewing of the body will be available to the public at Mason's Funeral Home from January 18 - 19 between the hours of 12 and 5 p.m. The cremation will take place on January 20 at 3:00 p.m., and friends and family are invited to attend the scattering of the ashes at Pleasant Park shortly thereafter. The family is grateful for the condolences, but declines flowers and donations.

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