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Magnolia Health is dedicated to the memory of
Marsha Ruth Chism Unruh, with all voluntary services provided in honor of her selfless love . . . .


Valley Center, KS - Marsha Ruth Unruh went to be with her Lord, 9 December 2008. She loved her family and the beauty of God’s handiwork, passing from this life peacefully in her rural home. Funeral services were held 10:00 am Saturday, December 13 at First Mennonite Brethren Church of Wichita, KS with Pastor Brent Warkentin officiating, and Pastors Dale Warkentin and Roland Reimer, assisting. Following a fellowship meal at the church, a graveside service was held 2:00 pm Saturday, December 13 at the Buhler Municipal Cemetery, Buhler, KS with Pastor Alden Dick officiating.  Marsha was born 9 September 1921 in Buffalo, Oklahoma to Roy Ford Chism and Nellie Fern Baldwin Chism. She was the eldest daughter of four and raised her siblings after the death of her mother when she was only 14. Her early childhood was a difficult one in the midst of the Great Depression, so after completing high school, she moved to Wichita, Kansas where she worked for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Marsha met her husband to be through mutual friends, Barb and Pres Huston. Before long, LaVurne had introduced her to his family. His mother, Tina Schroeder Unruh, led her to the Lord. She was baptized by Rev. J. J. Toews in Buhler, Kansas and married her beloved on 18 September 1948. In selfless love, she gave her wedding boudoir to LaVurne’s missionary cousin, Linda Kasper, to take back to the Congo. Upon the birth of their children, Janice and Bradley, she retired to the role of homemaker to devotedly care for her family. Marsha was a loving, warm, and caring person. She taught her children to put the needs of others before self. She taught her children to snuggle, kiss, love, and forgive others. She would rise early to prepare meals and most mornings were spent listening throughout the house to radio broadcasts of her favorite evangelists. She loved to sing songs of praise and hymns and incorporated them throughout her daily tasks. Having grown up on a farm, she particularly loved birds and wildlife, gardening, and raising animals. Once she even rescued a Great Horned Owl with a broken wing and cared for it many years. Most of all, Marsha was a teacher. In addition to teaching her children that “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” she taught Janice canning, cooking, sewing, and even how to make soap. She taught Bradley to also love wildlife, gardening, artwork, and raising animals. Marsha used the talents with which God had blessed her to faithfully serve her church, First MB, fully participating in the Women’s Sewing Circle, designing and sewing choir robes for the Choristers and the Melody choirs, decorating the church, and even painstakingly carving an “Old Rugged Cross” to mount in the baptistery at the church on 17th and Gow. She was so meticulous, that one weekend when she and the children were cleaning the church, she discovered her daughter had even watered the plastic plants in the front of the church. Her favorite Biblical studies were focused on prophecy and she constantly yearned for the Lord’s return. Marsha and LaVurne celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together. She was predeceased by her mother Nellie, father Roy, Sr., and sisters Virginia and Pat. She leaves behind her beloved husband, LaVurne; her brother, Roy, Jr. (Bud) of Idaho; husband LaVurne of the home; daughter Dr. Janice Unruh Davidson, husband J. Craig Davidson, grandchildren Cameron, Christopher, Jamie, Jeremy, Joshua, and Camilea, all of Mississippi; and son Bradley James Unruh, wife Maxine Wiebe Unruh, grandchildren Derrick and wife, Jenna, Bryan and wife, Madalyn, Phillip, Michael, and Aaron, all of the area. Proverbs 31:28 & 30b “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her . . . but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”

Res/Dev/Pub: Davidson, 2007; Last Update, 2019

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