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The Western Star, April 11, 1996.

Ruth Botts

Ruth Botts, 89, died Apr. 6, 1996, at her home in Coldwater.

She was born July 25, 1906, in Coldwater to Jay T. and Mable E. (Troxell) Botts.

A retired registered nurse and x-ray and lab technician, she was a lifetime Coldwater resident.

She graduated from Coldwater High School, attended Kansas University, and graduated in 1928 from Wesley School of Nursing. She received training in the public health field at the University of Minnesota, George Peabody Teacher's College, Scaritt College and attended Wichita State University to obtain her laboratory technician degree. She served as a Comanche County public health nurse and was a lab and x-ray technician at Comanche County Hospital for 20 years.

A former Sunday School teacher, she was a member of the United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star #224, Research Club, American Legion, VFW and Stamp club. She was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater; and was the first Emeritus member of Kansas Technologists.

Survivors include three cousins and spouses: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Messick of Downey, Calif.; Mrs. Mildred Ferrin of Vallejo, Calif.; and Rev. and Mrs. Walter Sloan of Albany, Ore.

Funeral services were Apr. 10, 1996 at the Coldwater United Methodist Church, with Revs. Kelvin Heitmann and Faye Thurman officiating. Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home of Coldwater was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Coldwater.

Memorials may be made to the Coldwater United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home.

The Western Star, January 4, 1907.


Born July 27 (sic), 1906, to Mr. and Mrs. Jay T. Botts, a daughter.

The Wilmore News, April 11, 1930.


William Henry Minnick, an 87 year old pioneer at Sedgwick county died at his home in that county last Friday. His will disclosed that fact that Miss Ruth Botts, a young nurse in Wesley hospital of Wichita, was designated the heir to property estimated to be worth $14,000. Miss Botts had known Mr. Minnick for about three years and had acted as his nurse during an illness several years ago. Miss Botts is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Botts of Coldwater and is well known to Comanche county people.

Items on this site from

The Ruth Botts History Collection

Comanche Pool Reunion, The Western Star, October 5, 1951.

Early Days At Protection by Mrs. Blanche Denney-Towner, copied from material gathered by E.G. Osmon of Protection, Kansas.

Early History & Incidents of Comanche County, Kansas, Brought to Date by Frona Seyfrit, 1961.

Mennonites In Comanche County, Kansas by Ursula Miller, 1948.

Todds In Kansas, a family history by Helen Bernice (Todd) Hough, 1959.

Also see:

New County Hospital to Be Dedicated Saturday: A Brief History of County's Hospital, The Western Star, August 11, 1950.

List of Veterans From Comanche County, Kansas

Ronald "Doc" McCoy, M.D. & Sibyl Belle (Adams) McCoy: "Dad was instrumental in getting Comanche County Hospital, Pioneer Lodge, and the Scout Building built. He was so proud of that hospital. It was one of the most well equipped in the area, with labor and delivery rooms, nursery, 2 O.R.'s, E.R., X-Ray, and fully equipped Lab. Ruth Botts was an absolutely brilliant lab technician. The 2 of them excelled in investigative medicine and poured their hearts into it." -- Melanie McCoy.

World War II News Articles From Comanche County, Kansas

Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news articles to this web site!

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