Ruby (Smith) Gilstrap died at Kindred South Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri on August 17, 2017, due to complications following a stroke.

Ruby (Smith) Gilstrap died at Kindred South Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri on August 17, 2017, due to complications following a stroke. She was 73.
Ruby was born on August 28, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas to her parents Dorothea and Walton Smith. She graduated from Lilbourn East High School in Lilbourn, Missouri as valedictorian of her class. Afterward Ruby spent time in the U.S. Army as a medical specialist and received an honorable discharge to marry Louis Adrian Gilstrap in 1964. In addition to spending more than 15 years as a military wife, Ruby spent many years teaching early childhood education. She eventually left that field of work and became an adult education paraprofessional at Lansing Correctional Center in Lansing, Kansas where she retired and subsequently settled in Warrensburg, Missouri.  
Ruby managed to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology in 2001 while living a very busy life. She believed that formal academic success equips a person with skills that set the stage for life-long learning, enhances self-esteem, self-interest and self-worth.
Ruby is preceded in death by her husband, Louis Adrian Gilstrap and sisters; Linda Blair and Mae Smith. She leaves behind her three daughters and sons-in-law; Audrina and Marcellus Phillips, Audra and Thomas Baltazar, Leaha and Richard Rowland, five grandchildren; Joshua Louis Hayes, Marcellus Ashby Phillips, Destiny Flora Baltazar, Toni Ruby Baltazar, one grandson; Logan Antonio Hayes, four sisters;  Almarie Farr, Irma Robinson, Thelma Smith, Tina Hughes, five brothers; Albert Smith, Ricky Smith, Ronnie Hughes, Gregory Hughes, Okie Hughes, and many friends and loved ones.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, September 1, 2017 at Davis Funeral Chapel, with Funeral Service at noon. Burial will follow at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.   Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be left on Ruby’s online guestbook at www.davisfuneralchapelinc.com