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Ruth F. Lancaster, 94, Ottawa, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Ottawa Retirement Village. 

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Ottawa First United Methodist Church. Friends may pay their respects to Mrs. Lancaster from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Dengel & Son Mortuary from 1:00 to 9:00 P.M. Friday. Family will meet with friends at the church Saturday at 1 p.m. to the service hour. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

She was born Sunday, Nov. 24, 1918, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Aaron Lewis and Bertha Frances (Gardner) Hougland.

She was a near lifelong Ottawa resident.

Ruth graduated from Ottawa High School with the class of 1937.

She was a homemaker and dairyman’s wife from 1938 to 1968. She then worked 13 years as a sales clerk at June’s Dress Shop in Ottawa from 1968, until retiring in 1981.

Ruth was a long-time member of the Ottawa First United Methodist Church, a past member of Hazel Rebekah Lodge No. 175 and was Past Noble Grand and Past District Deputy President of Kansas; Noble Grand for 10 years on the Degree Staff; and a charter member of the O K Extension Homemaker Unit that started in 1948. When her sons were growing up she was a Den Mother for Cub Scouts, a 4-H leader, a past president of Parent Teacher Associations at Eugene Field Elementary School and Ottawa Junior and Senior High Schools. While living in the country, she attended the Union Chapel United Methodist Church and helped with Sunday school and Bible school.

On Sunday, April 24, 1938, Ruth was united in marriage with Glenn Edward Lancaster at Ottawa. He preceded her in death Oct. 12, 2004.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Aaron and Bertha Hougland; son, Thomas E. Lancaster in 1944; two sisters, Florence Royer and Evelyn Rhule and brother, George Hougland.   

Survivors include two sons, Jim Lancaster and his wife, Virginia, Ottawa, and John Lancaster and his wife, Ellen, Redfield; brother, James L. Hougland, Entiat, Wash.; two grandsons, Tim Lancaster and his wife, Brenda, Overland Park, and Trent Lancaster and his wife, Jody, Ottawa; two granddaughters, Kristen Schudel and her husband, Nick, Columbia, Mo., and Carissa Wissman and her husband, Danny, Andover, great-grandson, Tate Lancaster; great-granddaughter, Hope Lancaster; great-granddaughter, Madison Lancaster; great-grandson, Cooper Lancaster; great-granddaughter, Emma Schudel; great-grandson, Cole Schudel; great-granddaughter, Addison Wissman; great-grandson, Jackson Wissman.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Ottawa First United Methodist Church through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa KS 66067. 

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