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Dale Elizabeth Herbst, 66, Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013 at the Kansas City Hospice House. She is the widow of her beloved husband, Alexis M. Ruiz de Villa, formerly of Bradenton Beach, Florida.
Dale is survived by her three cherished sons; Lance Gentry Stafford, Donald Charles Stafford, and Douglas Herbst Stafford; three grandsons, Logan, Luke and Landon Stafford, her elder sister, Diane Schwartz (Mrs. Michael F.) of Downers Grove, Illinois, brother Dean W. Herbst of Milwaukee, her loving mother-in-law, Mrs. Luis Ruiz de Villa of Miami Beach, Florida, wonderful nieces and nephews and true friends. All of these people enriched her life.
Dale graduated from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri and was past president of the Stephens College Dinner Club of Kansas City. She was a former lay minister at All Angels by the Sea, Longboat Key and Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach, Florida. She volunteered for Hospice for five years in Bradenton. She died knowing love and that life was good.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, June 29, 2013 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at Meyer Boulevard and Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to The Stephens College Scholarship Fund, Saint Andrews Episcopal Church or Cancer Action, 10520 Barkley, Overland Park, KS 66121.