Ruth Eileen Milhoan Deskin, 93, of Mount Vernon, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2018,
at St. Luke's Hospital following a lingering illness. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon. Friends may call for visiting from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Mount Vernon. Burial following services at Mount Vernon Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. William Deskin; daughters, Susan (Greggory) Glenn and Cynthia (Kevin) Halbmaier; son-in-law, Roger Pitlik; grandchildren, Andrew (Ashley) Pitlik, Amy (Lauren Cikara) Pitlik, Kristin (Richard) Mayson, Garrett (Katie) Glenn, Elena (Benjamin) Lamaak, Geoffrey Glenn, Sean (Valerie) Halbmaier, Mackenzie (Benjamin) Kraus and Nathan (Katie) Halbmaier; and great-grandchildren, McKenna, Josie, Brylee, Eleanor, Harper, Hudson, Jordin, Stella, Elijah, Elliana, Brooks, Tyler, Jack, and two more on the way.
She was born Ruth Eileen Milhoan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Everett and Myrtle Belle (Crist) Milhoan near Winigan, Mo., on Jan. 28, 1925. She was married to Dr. William Arna Deskin, her college sweetheart, on June 5, 1949, in Kirksville, Mo. She was a 1949 graduate of Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in education with a major in English and minors in German and business education. She was a member of Cardinal Key, National Honor Society and Delta Sigma Epsilon Social Sorority.
Mrs. Deskin had been employed by the Pratt-Whitney Aircraft Corp. in Kansas City, Mo., Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Kirksville, Mo., the admissions office at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., the Medical Laboratories Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, Md., and Stolls Stores Inc. in Mount Vernon.
Ruth was a member of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Woman's Club and American Association of University Women, where she served as president in 1972-73. She served in various capacities in the Iowana Council of Camp Fire Girls, locally and on the county level. She was a member of the Mount Vernon Community Chest board for several years. Ruth was co-chairwoman of the National Cancer Society in 1980-81. She and her husband were co-presidents of the Mount Vernon Music Association in 1975-76. She was also a member of the Friday morning women's bridge group for many years. Her main interest through the years was her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Gayla Ruth Pitlik; sister, Dorothy Berniece Baker; and niece, Gayla Jean Baker, born sleeping.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Mount Vernon Firefighters Association, Lisbon-Mount Vernon Ambulance or United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon.
Please share your support and memories with Ruth's family on her tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.