Ruth Stoll McKay

March 17, 1922 – July 16, 2015

A celebration of the life of Ruth Stoll McKay will be held Friday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Laramie. Ruth, 93, died July 16, in Loveland, Colo.

She was born March 17, 1922, in Page, N.D., the daughter of Carl and Lillian Lentz Stoll. During the 1930s, Ruth spent eight years living with her aunt and uncle, Clara and Henry Mohr, whom she called “Ma and Pa.” Ruth attended Valley City State Teacher’s College where she met, Everett “Ike” McKay. They exchanged wedding vows July 1, 1943, in Chicago and recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.

In 1955, the family moved from their hometown of Valley City, N.D., to Manderson (and Hyattville) where Ruth taught school. She was often told she was their favorite teacher. The McKays moved to Laramie in 1961, where Ruth took a position in the Adult Education Department at the University of Wyoming. She retired in 1982.

Ruth and Ike spent winters in Tucson, Ariz. until 2005; they traveled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

Ruth loved to walk for exercise and participated in the Bolder Boulder (Colo.) 10K Road Race until she was in her 80s.

Ruth was a member of Chapter AX, P.E.O., 50-year member of Chi Omega sorority, and the First United Methodist Church in Laramie. She was creative and artistic, was greatly loved, and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Calvin, Billy and Kenneth Stoll, and two sisters, Louisa Woodard and Phyllis Halverson.

She is survived by her husband, Everett “Ike” McKay; three daughters and two sons-in-law, George and Colleen McKay Eastman of Brighton, Colo.; Robert and Ryn Hahn of Plattsmouth, Neb., and Stephanie McKay of Longmont, Colo.; one brother, Darrell Stoll of Montana; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials in Ruth’s name can be made to the building fund of the First United Methodist Church in Laramie, her church home for over 50 years.