Celebrate with us the life of Mary Ruth Ingrum Toalson who passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012, at The Bluffs in Columbia, MO.
Visitation will be from 4-6 pm on Sunday, July 1, at the Parker Funeral Service. The life celebration will be held at Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church, Monday, July 2, 2012, at 11:00 am. Burial will be at the Little Bonne Femme Cemetery following the service.
Mary Ruth was born at Rock Bridge farm, (now Rock Bridge State Park) July 21, 1925. She attended Lakeview (a one room school), University High School and the University of Missouri. She was a teacher in Boone County Rural Schools, a farmer, and a 36 year food services worker. Her five children, all of whom survive, were educated in the Columbia Public Schools and the University of Missouri: Dennis (Bobette) of Daykin, NE; Martha Mills (Tom) of West Plains, MO; Marilyn of Columbia, MO; David (Mary Jane) of Kansas City, MO; and Earlene Britton (Dan) of Versailles, MO. Mary Ruth is also survived by five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two sisters (Bert (Jane) Russell and Laura Jo Cox, both of Columbia) and one brother (Earl Ward Ingrum of Mexico), numerous nephews, nieces and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Dennis and Naomi Caulkins Ingrum and two brothers (Bill and Don).
Mary Ruth lived a life of Christian service and community volunteerism. She was a member and deacon of Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church for over 60 years. Her other community service projects included 4-H, PTA, Koinania House, University Extension and being a foster grandparent at West Boulevard Elementary.
Memorials may be given to the Mary Ruth Toalson Memorial Scholarship Fund through Little Bonne Femme Church, 5350 E. Bonne Femme Church Road, Columbia, MO 65201.