Obituary: Edith Ruth Pritchett Megli

Edith Ruth Pritchett Megli, 89, of Newton went home to be with her Lord and Savior late Saturday night Jan. 14, 2017.

Ruth was born on Sept. 8, 1927, to Albert E. and Katie (Marriott) Pritchett.

Ruth grew up on a farm south of Burrton. When she was 10 years of age, her family moved to Mount Hope, where she was graduated from high school. Ruth obtained her nursing degree from Hertzler Hospital School of Nursing in Halstead. She served as a registered nurse for more than 50 years before retiring. She was employed by Halstead Hospital, Axtell Hospital and Newton Medical Center. She also was a member of the Halstead Hospital Nurses Alumni.

Ruth was married to Vernon Megli and they made their home in Newton in 1950. Ruth and Vernon had five sons and reared Ruth’s sister Mary from the age of 4 after her parents died.

Ruth loved preparing meals and delicious desserts for family and friends. She was an avid gardener and shared her produce and flowers with others. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, staying up with current events, painting, traveling and working on the family genealogy. She and Vernon built four houses in Newton and remodeled several others.

Ruth’s faith and relationship with Christ was a vital part of her life. She was an active member of First Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She taught youth and adult Sunday school classes, was a member of the Women’s Circle, served on several church boards and was active on a committee that prepared meals for special functions.

She was also past president of the Sunset School PTA and was involved in Boy Scouts. She enjoyed singing in the Newton Senior Choir. She loved her family and always welcomed an opportunity to visit and spend time with family and friends.

Ruth and Vernon enjoyed traveling. They traveled most of the United States, and to Canada, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1995, two brothers, Harold Pritchett and the Rev. Robert Pritchett, and her sister, Eva May Jantz.

Survivors include her sons, Ronald Megli and wife Susan of Olathe, Roger Megli and wife Sandi of Wichita, Steve and wife Becky of Enid, Okla.,Terry and wife Becki Megli of Shawnee, and Tracy Megli of Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren, Megan and Andrew Wilson of Beaverton, Ore., Allison and Siji Adewunmi of Olathe, David and Liz Megli of Kansas City, Mo., Marketa Clanton of Olathe, Kristy and Dale Morrow of Troy, Ohio, Kathy and Josh Tatum, Paul Megli of Philadelphia,, Joshua Megli of Tyler, Texas, Jonathan Megli of Oklahoma City, Okla., Ruth and Travis Cochrum of Oklahoma City, Anna Megli of Lubbock, Texas, Luke and Mathew Megli of Shawnee, and Rachael Megli and Aaron Megli both of Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, Laedyn, Mikaela, Josiah and Ethan; and sister, Mary Barker of Topeka.

Services to celebrate her life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Newton First Baptist Church with family remembering her life. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton, and the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Newton, Focus on the Family or the Kansas Learning Center for Health in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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