Shirley Ruddy
Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory
601 Indiana St
Lawrence, KS
Shirley Marie Ruddy, 95, of Lawrence Kansas, passed away on July 15, 2021. She was a longtime resident of Kansas City, Kansas and worked as a nurse - first in surgery at Providence Hospital and then at a private office in Kansas City for 20 years before retirement. She was a devout catholic and a member of St Patrick's parish in Kansas City, Kansas, then Corpus Christi Catholic Church after she moved to Lawrence in 2006 to be near her grandchildren. She enjoyed all sports, being an avid athlete while growing up, and later enjoyed watching sports, especially KU basketball. One of her greatest joys in life was spending time with her two grandchildren and watching them perform in music and theatre.

Shirley was born on June 28, 1926, to Julia Marie (Riordan) Medill and George Tabor Medill, Sr. near Tonganoxie, Kansas. She attended Leavenworth area schools and graduated from St Mary's Academy in Leavenworth before graduating with a nursing degree from St Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas. She married Thomas Richard (Dick) Ruddy on July 29, 1950. Shirley is survived by her son, Thomas Richard Ruddy II (Sharon Soule), grandchildren Julia Ruddy and Sean Ruddy, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters Charlotte Powell, Monica Russell and Lorraine Medill and her brother George Tabor Medill Jr.

Visitation will be at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence on Saturday July 24th at 11:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at noon at the church after the visitation. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

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Published by Lawrence Journal-World on Jul. 20, 2021.
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
, Lawrence, KS
Mass of Christian Burial
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
, Lawrence, KS
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Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory
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Dear Tom and family, my heart goes out to you all at this time of deep sorrow. Aunt Shirley was an important part of my life growing up. She never missed the chance to make you feel special and interested in your life. I remember how she would take care of us all when we went to the doctor for all the various aches and pains. Dr. Fitzpatrick was lucky to have a lead nurse like Aunt Shirley. I admired her compassionate way with people from all walks of life. So many beautiful memories that I will hold dear forever. Although, I think her favorite role in life was that of mother and grandmother. She had so much love to give to others. Rest in peace Aunt Shirley. It is time to honor a life well lived.
Roseanne Bukaty Becker
July 17, 2021
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