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Ruby Louise Risner Utley
Ruby Louise Risner Utley

Funeral services for Ruby Louise Risner Utley will be held Friday, May 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Curry Street Church of Christ, West Plains, Missouri. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, Missouri from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Thayer Cemetery, Thayer, Missouri.

Ruby Louise Risner Utley went to be with the Lord on May 17 , 2011.

She was born in Randolph County Arkansas, near Wirth, on May 26, 1939, to Everett and Oma Hall Risner.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Ruby lived near Wirth until 1954, then moved to Missouri and attended Thayer High School where she met her husband, Frank Utley. They were married for 53 years. Faith and family were always the main focus of Ruby’s life, but she found the time and energy to be involved in many interests and to enrich the lives of countless friends and those in need. In addition to supporting her husband’s work, Ruby graduated from Arkansas State University in 1976 and pursued several business interests of her own. From 1978 to 2000 Ruby enjoyed selling real estate and welcoming many new families to West Plains and the surrounding communities. Ruby was a member of the Curry Street Church of Christ. She enjoyed family gatherings, Bible study, golf (mostly golf of Frank and her sons), card games, sewing,cooking, entertaining and hospitality.

Remembering her sparkling brown eyes and dazzling smile are her husband Frank, her two sons, Stan Utley (Elayna) of Scottsdale, Arizona and John Utley of Columbia, Missouri; her grandchildren, Tatum Utley, Jake Utley, and John Henry Utley. She is also survived by one sister, Ruth Honeycutt of Edmond Oklahoma, and two brothers Richard Risner of West Plains, Missouri, and Lester Risner of Collierville, Tennessee.

The family wants to thank Ruby’s loving and truly gifted caregivers, Doctor Charles Morgan and Regina Perry as well as the staffs at OMC and NHC health care facilities. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you remember Ruby by doing some unexpected act of kindness or making a gift to Ruby Utley Memorial Fund to support the enhancement of young lives through golf.

Donations may be made out to:

MGAJR Golf Foundation

Mailed to:

Ruby Utley Memorial Fund

c/o John Utley

503 E Nifong Blvd, #244

Columbia, MO 65201



  1. John Negri
    May 18, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    I am very glad to have known Ruby. She truly was a very fine lady.


  2. Randy and Carla Harris
    May 18, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    So sorry for your loss; you are in our thoughts and prayers.


  3. Bo and Sunie Pace
    May 19, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    Bo and I send our deepest sympathy. Ruby will be remebered by so many. Her memories will warm your hearts in the days ahead. With sympathy, Bo and Sunie Pace


  4. Jason Mickey
    May 19, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    Frank, Stan and John,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of your loss.

    Jason Mickey Family


  5. Teresa (Mustion) Tillman
    May 20, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    So sorry to hear the loss of Ruby. She was/is a fine lady. I will always remember her smile and her beauty. She is in the hands of our wonderful Lord and will be one of his angels looking down on us.

    Teresa (Mustion) Tillman


  6. Dean Williams
    May 20, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    So sorry Frank, Stanley and John. Ruby had a wonderful persona about her that touched many lives. She will be truly missed by all that knew her.

    Dean and Family


  7. Carrie Thompson
    May 21, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    Frank, Stan, John and family,

    Ruby was such a vibrant, graceful and beautiful person and she was so blessed to have such loving husband and boys. I know you are hurting and I know God will ease your pain and am praying for that. I stopped by the funeral home and spent time looking at the great picture display and forgot to sign the register, but know I am praying for all of you. Carrie Thompson


  8. Melissa Smith
    May 21, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. I had intended to stop by Family Night last night, but didn’t make it. Things are crazy with the last week of school. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mom was a special person, and she was so proud of you. And believe me, I know how difficult this time is! Stop by or call anytime.


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