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Ruby Burns, 83, of Lathrop, Mo., passed away Tuesday morning, April 23, 2024, at her home in Lathrop.

Ruby was born on December 15, 1940, the daughter of Marion L. and Annie Marie (Lowe) Collins in Winwood, Mo. She grew up in Pleasant Valley and was a 1958 graduate of North Kansas City High School. Ruby attended William Jewell College, where she met her future husband, William (Bill) Burns. Ruby married Bill Burns on February 4, 1961. Their family planted their roots in Lathrop in 1963, where all of the children grew up. Ruby worked for the State of Missouri Division of Family Services for about 20 years. She was a long-time member of the Lathrop First Christian Church and the Lathrop GFWC, where she held different officer positions. Ruby could be seen knitting almost anywhere she went. She knitted countless baby sweaters. She loved her family and especially her grandchildren. Ruby will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Rita St. John; and her husband, Bill. She is survived by her sons, Todd Burns (Claudia) of Kansas City, Mo., Bob Burns (Lisa) of Lathrop, Mo., and Marion Ted Burns of Albany, Mo.; grandchildren, Jessica, Charlotte, Paige, Zac, and Justin; and sister, Billie Johnson of Lathrop, Mo. Several nieces, nephews, and other extended family also survive.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Lathrop First Christian Church in care of the funeral home. A service celebrating Ruby’s life was held 2 p.m., Monday, April 29, 2024, at the Lathrop First Christian Church. Burial followed at the Ridgely Community Cemetery, south of Edgerton, Mo. The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 28th, 2024, also at the church. Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Lathrop, (816) 740-4658. Online guestbook at