Ruth Seelinger

Ruth Seelinger
1893 - 1991

Ruth1Ruth was born on Poplar Heights Farm, Summit Township, Bates County, Missouri on January 4, 1893.  She was the daughter of John and Agnes Magdalene Johannes Seelinger, the last of five children. She attended Herrell School and graduated from Butler High School, Butler and the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri.

She married William W. Rubel on December 4, 1917 who preceded her in death.  In 1936 she married John Paul Jones. Paul had served in World War I and was a widower with one son, William.

Ruth was an accomplished artist and a shrewd businesswoman.  She founded the Ruth J. Rubel Agency providing insurance to teachers and other professional groups.  She was a member of the Kansas City Women’s City Club and served on the board of directors of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  She was also a member of the Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist.

During their lifetimes, the Jones traveled on business and pleasure extensively in Europe and the Caribbean.  They continued to farm her family farm, Poplar Heights and added greatly to the landscaping with exotic trees, shrubs and flowers. Avid collectors of art and antiques, they made their home in Mission Woods, Kansas until their deaths.

Ruth died on August 2, 1991 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri where her family is also interred. Paul died on December 30, 1997 and is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri beside his first wife.

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