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Rhuie Vitura McPherson Landrith
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Birth: Dec. 27, 1893
Labette County
Kansas, USA
Death: Nov. 30, 1918
Labette County
Kansas, USA

Rhuie's middle name in different sources is spelled "Vitura" and Vetura". Her first name is seen spelled Ruy on occasion or Ruey or Ruie, however her gravestone reads Rhuie.

Rhuie McPherson married Leon Landrith on December 30, 1916 at Independence, Montgomery county, Kansas. Her only child, a son, Ira Clayton, was born exactly one year later on December 30, 1917. Eleven months after his birth she passed away from pneumonia, a complication of influenza.

Rhuie Landrith died in 1918 as a result of the influenza epidemic that year. The epidemic started mysteriously. Soldiers at a US Army Base near Boston suddenly began to die in September 1918. The culprit was a strain of influenza unlike any ever seen before. It became an epidemic, filling hospitals across the nation, and before it disappeared as suddenly as it began, 600,000 people fell victim.

The following is Rhuie's obituary as it was published at the time of her death. The paper in which it was published is unknown although it was probably the Parsons (KS) Sun and/or The Chetopa Advance and the Oswego (KS) papers in Labette county, Kansas, if these papers were publishing in 1918:

"Rhuie Vitura McPherson was born on a farm northwest of Bartlett, Kansas December 27, 1893, and died at her home in Bartlett, November 30, 1918, aged 24 years, 11 months and 9 days. Her mother was called away to the better world when Rhuie was 4 years old. At the age of five years she went with her father to Hagerstown, Wayne County, Indiana. There she spent her childhood and young womanhood, where she received her education, graduating from the Hagerstown high school at the age of 18 years and took a three months' special course afterwards in Muncie College, Indiana. In 1914 she returned to Bartlett, and made her home with her brothers. She was married to Leon Landrith on December 30, 1916, and to this union was born a son, Ira Clayton--left without a loving mother at the age of 11 months. Surviving her also are the father, George McPherson, of Hagerstown, Indiana; four brothers, Gerald, Glen, and Eldon, near Bartlett, and Marley, somewhere in France. All were present at the funeral except the latter.
This youngest brother answered his country's call last April and in about a month was taken overseas to England and later to France. Rhuie was very patriotic and proud of her soldier brother far away from home and from friends. Five years ago she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Hagerstown, IN, and on her return to Kansas she transferred her membership to the Bartlett M.E. Church.
She was faithful to her church and Sunday School, being acting secretary at the time of her death. She had expressed herself to her friends that her little son should be carefully taught in Sunday Schoiol, it being her earnest desire to bring him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. She was also a beneficiary member of the R.N. of America of Dahlia Camp No. 1721, Bartlett, Kansas.
Rhuie had endeared herself to all with whom she came in contact, being of a sunny and unselfish disposition and in the words of the poet, "none knew her but to love her, none named her but to praise." Two weeks ago she was stricken with the dreaded influenza, followed by pneumonia, and passed peacefully away, ready to depart and be with her Savior, whom she loved and served. Her father came from Indiana on Wednesday preceding her departure to be near his loved one in her last hour. Her bereaved husband, little son, father and brothers have the heartfelt sympathy of relatives and friends in their great loss and sorrow.

Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there some time we'll understand,
God knows the way, He holds the key,
He guides us with unerring hand,
Sometime, with tearless eyes we'll see,
Yes, there, up there, we'll understand.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home of Mrs. James Murphy, aunt of the deceased, at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Biderwell, pastor of the M.E. Church of Edna, and interrment in Lake Creek cemetery."

Family links: 
  George Washington McPherson (1861 - 1936)
  Malissa Electa Veal McPherson (1864 - 1899)
  Leon Landrith (1891 - 1962)*
  Ira Clayton Landrith (1917 - 1995)*
  Fairy Cleo McPherson (1883 - 1897)*
  Gerald Leo McPherson (1885 - 1971)*
  Glen Gerney McPherson (1886 - 1966)*
  Eldon Edgar McPherson (1889 - 1957)*
  Zola Belle McPherson (1891 - 1891)*
  Rhuie Vitura McPherson Landrith (1893 - 1918)
  Marley Vance McPherson (1895 - 1974)*
*Calculated relationship
Lake Creek Union Cemetery
Labette County
Kansas, USA
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Originally Created by: Dayna Hall-Testerman
Record added: Sep 09, 2011
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Rhuie Vitura <i>McPherson</i> Landrith
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Rhuie Vitura <i>McPherson</i> Landrith
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Rhuie Vitura <i>McPherson</i> Landrith
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in memory of my Grandma Rhuie McPherson Landrith.
- D&PNutt
 Added: Jul. 8, 2013

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