Ruth Kristina Applegate
Wednesday 5th of January 1949 - Sunday 11th of October 2020
Ruth Kristina Applegate, 71, died October 11, 2020. She is survived by her husband Steven Applegate; daughter Kimberly (Rudy); son Ryan (Stephanie); granddaughters Harper and Amelia and brothers Bob and Jim Lum. She is preceded in death by her parents Joe and Lonna Lum.
Life for Ruth, who was also known as Kris, was full. She was a graduate of the University of Michigan where she met Steve, while he attended General Motors Institute as an undergraduate. They were married on August 12, 1972 being able to celebrate 48 anniversaries. Following a brief stint in 1975 at Purdue University where Steve finished a Masters degree, they moved to Lexington where they both started their careers at IBM. Ruth worked at IBM for 30 years with various responsibilities from computer programmer to customer service representative. She managed a full schedule with her career while raising two children. She found time to support Kim with soccer and piano, and Ryan with baseball, tennis, and marching band. She also shared a love of Kentucky Basketball with her son, taking him to countless games at Rupp Arena.
Ruth was an avid tennis player, celebrating many victories with several mixed and women's doubles partners. She was proudest to share a national ranking of #2 mixed doubles team in the USA with Steve (combined age of 120 bracket) in 2010. She also took up golf in retirement improving each year as a fun way for them to enjoy time together outside. She loved taking walks with her golden retrievers, Rex, Forrest, and Peyton. She also loved summer and holiday family vacations in Michigan with her brothers and their families.
Throughout 11 years of retirement, she enjoyed traveling the world with Steve, where they visited 19 countries across 4 continents and 24 states. Always her favorite place in the world was Hawaii where they honeymooned, keeping their promise to each other to visit at least every 5 years.
A perfect day for Ruth would include a morning walk with one of her Golden Retrievers, a tennis match and spending time with her loving family with great food, laughter, and music in a beautiful setting such as Maui or Lake Charlevoix in the summertime.
If Ruth would sum up her life, she would want to say how fortunate her life had been. As a child she could not have chosen a better set of parents than Joe and Lonna, or better brothers than Bob and Jim.
She tried her best to live her life by Christian principles.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or any charity one prefers.
Donna And Pat Muddsays
Steve, Pat and I are so very sorry for your loss. Kris was such a sweet, kind hearted, friendly person. We so enjoyed our Picnic with Pops times with both of you. I know you will be lost without her. May God bless you and your family at this difficult time. You will be in our prayers.
Steve, we are so saddened to hear of Chris’ passing. We have great memories of fun tennis matches from the past. Her kindness and sincere smile will always be remembered. Love and prayers for you and your family...
Steve, Kim and Ryan, I am so very sorry for your loss. Kris was a wonderful friend to me. I’m so glad we stayed in touch after I left Lexington and managed to meet up every time I visited. She will be missed by many and remembered always. Rest In Peace partner. ❤️
Dear Steve and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Kris was great employee at IBM and I enjoyed working with her for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Carol & Ken Robeysays
Steve, Ryan & Kim-you have been in our thoughts & prayers. We were saddened to hear of Kris passing. We shall remember all the fun times we had in HHI, traveling to tennis tournaments, and sharing of other events. She was such a smart, talented, and caring friend. She does not have to suffer anymore. We are trusting God to watch over all of you as go through this season of life.
Dear Steve I am so sorry to learn of Kris's death. I know that her last months were difficult for her as well as for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care John Saunders