Sep 14, 2020 4:01 PM

Florence Ruth Gideon

Posted Sep 14, 2020 4:01 PM

Florence Ruth Gideon, 84, Hays, died Sunday, September 6, 2020 at HaysMed.

She was born September 30, 1935 in Great Bend, Kansas the daughter of Raymond Fritz and Ruby Rebecca (Koch) Eggers.  In 1953 she graduated from Ellinwood High School.  On August 20, 1953 she was united in marriage to Fray Oland Gideon in Ellinwood, and they celebrated over 66 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on March 2, 2020.  She was a cook at the Garden City Junior High School, worked at Travenol, and with her husband Fray, managed several hotels, where she was also the housekeeper.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hays, enjoyed working puzzle books, and loved spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren while managing the hotels.

Survivors include a son; Keith Gideon and wife Denise of Rossville, a daughter; Darla Froelich and husband Van of Walker, six grandchildren; Stephanie Avery and husband Damian, Amy Robinson and husband Donnie, Mike Gideon and wife Ronnie, Kegann Gideon, Chans Gideon, and Tiffany Hammerschmidt and husband Chad, 11 great grandchildren, and a sister; Rebecca Lopez and husband Robert of Appomattox, VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fray, and a great grandson Dalton Heard.

A private family inurnment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park, north of Great Bend.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of HaysMed in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.  Condolences and memories of Florence may be shared with the family at