Obituary: Ruth Quiring Mueller Boese

Ruth Quiring Mueller Boese died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Newton Medical Center. She was born Dec. 10, 1925, at Goessel to Peter P. and Anna Reimer Quiring.

Ruth was baptized in 1941 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in Goessel and attended Hochfeld Grade School, Goessel High School and Bethel College.

Ruth married Ernest Mueller on Aug. 10, 1945. Ruth and Ernie raised their family on a small farm east of Halstead. Ernest died Feb. 5, 1966. She married Paul L. Boese on Aug. 23, 1968. They ran the Newton Dairy Queen together until his death July 7, 1976. Ruth then became a realtor in Newton.

Ruth had always loved the mountains of Colorado, and in 1980, she decided to pursue a long-held dream and moved to Woodland Park, Colo. Ruth continued to sell real estate while in Colorado, and also began her own business, “Gram’s Cookie Cutter,” selling decorated cookies. In 1992, she made the decision to move back to Kansas, where she could be closer to family.

She was a cook and baker extraordinaire. She will never be surpassed in her ability to crank out the most delectable batches of peppernuts, gingerbread houses or zwieback, and her beautiful holiday tables were a sight to behold.

Family was important. She had a very close relationship to her siblings and their spouses. There were many enjoyable times spent together playing games and singing.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Ernest Quiring (who died in infancy), Edna Cook Schmidt, Martha Wedel, Hilda Ratzlaff, Otto Quiring and Bertha Friesen; son David Boese; and by her great-grandson Maddox Crabtree.

She is survived by her children Patricia and Charles Friesen, Elaine Mueller, Jody Boese and Flo Rutherford, James and Melanie Mueller, Joan and Bruce Reed, and Paul Boese; seven grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton.

A memorial in Ruth’s name has been established with Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.