Ruby P. White, Age: 102
Jan 31, 1916 -- Dec 30, 2018

Ruby P. White, 102, of Kansas City, KS, passed away surrounded by her family after a long and fruitful life Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Providence Place in Kansas City, KS. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, January 3, 2018 at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia Street, Lenexa, KS.  Funeral Services will be 10:00 AM Friday, January 4, at First Southern Baptist Church, 8127 Ella Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66112. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to First Southern Baptist Church.


Ruby was born January 31, 1916 in Richmond, Missouri.  She graduated from Richmond High School in 1934. She moved from Richmond to Kansas City Ks, in 1934 where she met her beloved husband Walter White.  She started her family there, was baptized at Chelsea Baptist Church, and along with Walter became a charter member of First Southern Baptist of Kansas City, KS.  Ruby’s joy in life was her family, her church, and the friends she made being “Ruby Doo”, the nickname she achieved from being high spirited and active in everything she did.

She began her working career at Russell Stover’s Candy. She served 25 years working in Admissions for Kansas University Medical Center. She was active through her church work at First Southern. She taught Sunday School, was a member of the choir, was an active participant in the Women’s Missionary Union and cooperative missions; and she started an activities group with her church friends call Club that did various Christian charity initiatives in Kansas City, KS.

Ruby was an avid Kansas Jayhawks basketball fan and was honored by the team, the University, and its fans at Allen Field House in 2017. At 101, she was thrilled to join the team at a pre-game practice, and she got a standing ovation for being a centurion and a great fan from 16,000 of the Jayhawk faithful who attended the game at Allen Field house with her. There followed many news articles, interviews, and thousands of touchpoints through social media.  People were amazed at seeing and witnessing her “centurion fan spirit.” This made her feel fulfilled and honored, and after which, she said; “this was as good as my 100th birthday party with my family and 300 dear friends. I’ve lived a great life!”

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Walter White, her father and mother, Jack and Rose Beary, her sisters Juanita Wade, Pauline LeGalle, Maxine Landis, Roseanna Fearing, and Francis Griffin. She is survived by her sister Bonnie McCaulley of Richmond, Missouri.

She is survived by her family; her daughter Susan White, her sons, Gordon, Barry, and Lyle White, and their wives Murle, Sandy, and Barbara. Her grandchildren Jodee, Tim, Adam, Cory, and Logan; great grandchildren Paige, Barbara, Emily, Jacob, Ben, Annabelle, Patrick and Rob; great, great grandchildren Anna and Isaac. 

The family wants to sincerely thank Providence Place and their staff for the excellent care and attention that was given to Sweet Ruby during her stay there.

Ruby will be dearly missed by her family and all those fortunate enough to know her, as she lived with “Amazing Grace.” 


Carrie L Boorem Dec 31 ,2018

friend of Susan white, and the Nirschl family ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Our deepest sympathy to all of the family of Ms. Ruby. We would like to be there for your support but we are out of town. Heard many great things about Ms. Ruby from Susan and know that she was a beautiful person. So sorry for your loss, the good lord needed her home. Find peace and God Bless all Sincerely John and Carrie Boorem

Rebecca Whisenhunt Dec 31 ,2018

Ruby’s grandson’s mother-in-law ,Tulsa ,Oklahoma

Ruby raised a bunch of kids “in the nurture and admonition of The Lord”. I LOVED knowing that, and knowing we were on the same page! I look forward to seeing her eternally. Hallelujah!!!

Katie Macke Dec 31 ,2018

Neighbor ,Kansa city ,Kansas

So sorry to hear of the death of your dear mother. Keeping all of you in our prayers.

Larry Holmes Jan 01 ,2019

Friend ,Oxford ,Pennsylvania

She has earned this rest after giving so much of herself to all of you.

Edalpha Jan 01 ,2019

friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.Sorry to hear one of your love ones loss Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. “There’s promise and beauty in so many things if we are open to it. Even through the darkest moments, if we try and see the light, there is promise in this as well.”

Dana Sambol Jan 01 ,2019

Friend of family ,Kansas City ,Kansas

My prayers go out to the family. I was fortunate enough to meet Ruby and loved her spark! I see her beautiful spark in her children. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family in their time of sorrow

Sara Larsen Jan 02 ,2019

Family friend ,New Orleans ,Louisiana

Lyle, my deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. I did not have the privilege of knowing her, personally. However, I did read about her and her robust spirit and faith. I’m sure she will be cheering on her Jayhswks from heaven andcwatching and blessing every game.

Robert Orrison Jan 02 ,2019

friend ,maple grove mn ,Minnesota

White family I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ruby she was always the rock of the family . The whole white family was more of a family to me then you will ever know. I love taking care of Lyle and being a part of your family. You took me to the lake, took me to church, and we had pop corn by the fire place which I would have got to do White family I am sorry to hear of Ruby passing she was the rock of the family . She was a rock in my life and so was the whole white family.This family made my early years great taking me to the lake church and having your dog save me at the lake .and Ruby fixing pop corn at the fire place and always making me feel welcome.I am very thankful the I was able to see her the last time i was in KC Thank you,God bless the White family at this time and my heart will be with you Thanks for the great times Bob

Linda Hoskins Sutton Jan 04 ,2019

Former colleague of Susan. Granddaughter Jodee's children and my child went to elementary school together. ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Susan and Jodee: Deepest Sympathy for the loss of your mother and grandmother. What a legacy she has left you all. And it's truly a blessing to have had her with you for 100+ years. God bless and keep you in His loving care. Linda Hoskins Sutton

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