Ruth Ellen (Bradbury) Lindsay, Age: 85
Aug 3, 1933 -- Sept. 23, 2018

Ruth Ellen (Bradbury) Lindsay, 85, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2018. Ruth was born on August 3, 1933 in Kansas City, MO to Harold and Helen Bradbury, and lived in the Leavenworth, KS and Kansas City, Kansas area most of her life.

Ruth is survived by Don Lindsay, her husband of 65 years. Ruth and Don met in high school and what started as two love-struck teenagers grew into a sprawling family and a lasting legacy. Ruth will be lovingly remembered by Don along with their children and their spouses Alan and Anne (Morrison) Lindsay, Susan and Van Habib, Linda and Rick Kempf, and Ray and Karen Lindsay along with her 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 7 nieces and nephews.

Ruth was dearly loved and cherished by her large and boisterous family, who was by far her greatest source of pride and the center of her life. She always called out the best in us and encouraged us to aspire with a proper blend of challenging and nurturing.  Nothing gave her more joy than to spend time at the innumerous family gatherings, where she would sit with a huge smile of beaming pride as she surveyed this wonderful crowd that she and Don had created and nurtured.   

The Lindsay family seemed to find any possible reason they possibly could to get together for a party. A prime example of the lengths they would go is when Ruth’s daughter Sue had to take her daughter to a doctor’s appointment, which happened to be close to Ruth and Don’s house. Ruth used this as a reason to tell the rest of the family that since Sue and her kids will be there, maybe they should also drop by, we could have a dinner, and so on until suddenly there were 15 family members all enjoying a dinner party.  Don came home wondering why all these people were at their house finding that it was due to a simple doctor’s appointment for her granddaughter.

There was rarely a weekend in the summer when the Lindsay family was not at some Kansas lake camping, and Ruth took particular pride in running her camper/food wagon and made sure nobody went hungry. As good as Ruth was at her cooking and organizational skills, she was absolutely horrible at driving the boat, the camper, or backing the boat trailer into the boat ramp. After numerous episodes which resulted in damaged boat motors, trailers, and assorted other vehicles, Don fondly nicknamed her “Klutch”, which ended up being not only her lifelong nickname, it was her new name. Many friends never knew her name was Ruth, they knew her only as Klutch.

Ruth also was very fond of her extended and beyond extended family. She would do extensive research and find out some third cousin-thrice-removed was going to be coming through town and she would have to have another party. Ruth actually felt compelled to throw a party for her nephew’s former nanny from Australia who none of the family had ever met, all because she just happened to be traveling through Kansas City. The family parties grew to legendary status with annual “Love-In” gatherings that lasted a week long and resembled slightly smaller versions of Woodstock. The close relationships between deeply extended family members built through these gatherings exist to this day.

Ruth was an executive in the insurance industry for 35 years.  She was notable for trailblazing a career in insurance at a time when there were few women in the industry.  Ruth eventually rose to Vice President of Underwriting at Marsh and McLennan. 

With few mentors or role models, she relied on her instinct to balance high expectations with caring support and encouragement. Even today, few leaders successfully pull off this balancing act.  After she left the industry, she continued this approach through a variety of environments.  She even found a way to use these talents at her nursing facility where she organized, managed and adopted both the staff and residents.

While she will be dearly missed, she will not be forgotten as the values that she instilled in her family, and the hilarious stories of our many camping trips and family “love-ins” will carry on in our memories for generations. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Saturday, November 17 at Porter Funeral Home 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS 66215. Funeral services will be held directly after at 3:00 at the same location. Ruth would have wanted to give her loved ones the opportunity to plan their travel to come celebrate her life. Since the memorial service is several weeks away, we would like to encourage everybody to leave your condolences below and share a few words. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to the Parkinson’s Foundation Heartland Chapter. heartlandinfo@parkinson.org or 913-341-8828.



Condolences

Amy DuTeau Hodges Sep 25 ,2018

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I would like to express my deepest sympathies for your loss. May your memories and God give you comfort and peace. I enjoyed having Don, Ruth, Alan, Susan, Linda and Ray as friends and neighbors growing up in KCK.

Debby (Navinsky) Lucas Sep 25 ,2018

Camping buddies ,Gardner ,Kansas

So sorry for your lost. I will always remember Ruth with her wonderful smile and warm heart.

Ralph Seutter Sep 26 ,2018

Friend of Sue ,CHESAPEAKE ,Virginia

Sue, Ruth and I love the wonderful short story of your Mother. Your Mom had a beautiful life filled with family and friends. Take gladness in knowing your Mom has been welcomed in heaven and is looking down smiling with love upon you and your family. Love and peace to you all, Ralph & Ruth Seutter (formerly Colnar)

Jackie (SKUD) Fields Sep 26 ,2018

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Very sorry to hear the sad news of Klutch's passing. What a great lady I had the privilege to know at a young age. She gave me lot's of free breakfasts after duck hunting, haircuts, and a job at Coast to Coast but mostly her love and caring spirit she treated me to.

Gloria (Walker) Quinn Sep 29 ,2018

Cousin ,Royersford ,Pennsylvania

Dearest Family, Though I be far away during this time, know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. So now I know how the name Klutch came about. Lol. I shall continue to cherish the many wonderful memories I have of Ruth and all the family gatherings we have had together. Sending much love, Gloria (Walker) Quinn

Jaime Diaz Oct 12 ,2018

Klutch was a dear grand lady who watched over all of us and always made us feel welcome. There are people who touch your life and help you find your road. She was one of those kind souls. I am saddened by your loss. May she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Nov 17 ,2018
Time:
1:00 PM
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Event:
Memorial Service
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Nov 17 ,2018
Time:
3:00 PM
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