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Ruth (King) Boyer

Ruth (King) Boyer, 96, Hays, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney.

She was born Sept. 14, 1916, in Hays to George and Pearl (Reed) King.

She was a graduate of Lincoln Elementary School, Hays High School and Fort Hays State College with a bachelor of science degree in education in 1940.

She had a lifetime teaching certification and taught briefly in the Hoisington school system. While at Fort Hays State College, she lettered in women's field hockey, becoming an early female member of the FHSC "K" Club.

She married Jay Boyer on May 10, 1941. He preceded her in death. During World War II, they lived in Wichita while he was a supervisor at Boeing doing inspections and certifications on bombers. After a brief move to Estes Park, Colo., they returned to Hays in 1947, where he became a field tester for Haliburton Corp. In 1957, they formed Brad Oil Tools Corp.

She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution; Eastern Star; Fort Hays State Half Century Club Board; and Ellis County Historical Society.

She was an athlete, teacher, wife, mother and history buff. She was a source of strength, support, compassion, love, funny jokes and had a deep appreciation of the history of Hays. Her many stories entertained all she met.

Survivors include a son, Brad, Hays; and a niece, Val King, Denver.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Paul William King.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine.

Family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Fort Hays State Foundation for the Football Fund or Ellis County Historical Society in care of the funeral home.

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