Ruth Marie Kentfield, age 85, of Beaver City, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Nebraska. She was born on December 23, 1928 on the Hanni farm southwest of Hendley, Nebraska to Ernest & Anna M. (Schmidt) Hanni.
Ruth attended rural school at middle Rockton near the family farm, then went on to Beaver City High School and graduated with the Class of 1946. During high school she worked at Bridgewater Drug Store in Beaver City. After high school she taught 2 years in the Martin District. She married Lawrence Kentfield on July 16, 1950 on the Hanni farm south of Hendley, Nebraska. While her husband served in the military, she followed him to Quantico, Virginia and worked as a waitress. After his military obligation was fulfilled, they moved back to the family farm southwest of Hendley, Nebraska to farm and ranch. She helped her husband with many farm chores like milking, trucking, gardening, & canning. She ran the café at the Beaver City Sale Barn; and brought many fresh baked pies to share with everyone. She received a Nebraska Secretary of State Poll Worker Hall of Fame award for years of service with election board. She spent many hours cutting quilt blocks for mission and making jellies and craft items which she took to other towns to sell. She helped run the Furnas County Fair Open Class building. In July of 1988, they would move from the farm into Beaver City. Her husband Lawrence passed away in 2013.
Ruth was a member of the Hollinger United Methodist Church of Hollinger, Nebraska and later transferred her membership to the Faith Community Church in Beaver City. She belonged to the Nebraska & Furnas County Livestock Feeder’s Auxiliary, Devises Ladies Aide, & Hobby Club while volunteering many hours selling ads for the Wilsonville Saddle Club Rodeo and also a member of the UMW of Hollinger and helped with many church functions.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Lawrence, sister Josephine Welborn
She is survived by son: Scott & wife Donna Kentfield of Norton, Kansas
Daughter: Michele Kentfield of Hutchinson, Kansas
Sister: Arlene Clawson of Holdrege, Nebraska
5 Grandchildren: Jason Richards, Jessica, Matthew, & Donny Hjort, & Brady Kentfield
12 Great Grandchildren: Alex, Ethan, Atreau, Ashton, Shya, Cameron, Dominic, & Brookly Hjort, Makenri, Kera, & Dylan Richards, & Maxwell Whatley.
Condolences and personal reflections may be sent to wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City with family being present from 4:30 PM till 6:30 PM and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be Friday, June 13, 2014 at 2 PM at the Faith Community Church in Beaver City, Nebraska with Pastors Keith Theobald and Linda Knipping, officiating. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery at Beaver City, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.