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January 19, 1932 – May 24, 2019

Ruth was an Irish girl from Midwest Iowa, born to Robert and Bessie who immigrated from Ireland. She grew up in a time and place unlike today. In the small midwestern town of Iowa, they had freedom to be kids and have real adventures, as she did with her childhood friend Midge the other little Irish gal. Their stories were made for movies.

She experienced World War II as there was a prison camp in her town.

She and her husband were dancers, Latin in their youth, ballroom, polka, and line dancing through their eighties. She was an exercise enthusiast that was hard to keep up with.

She loved her family and loved animals. It was said that strays had a built-in radar to go to her house where they were sure to find a good home.

Ruth loved life, and her family and we’re lucky to call her Mom and Gramma. She lived an adventurous life and was fortunate to spend it with her husband for 67 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene. She is survived by her children: Christy (late husband Rich) and their children, Jody (Derek), Chase (Julia), Madison, Cameron, Sophie, Mason, Jake (Tara), Conner, Krystal (Shane), Presley; Jeff (Dawn) and their children, Steven (Lauren), Ryan, Tabitha, Paula (late husband Nick), Reilly (Mikey), Kelsey (Mike), Brian.

Visitation will be held Monday, June 3rd from 5-7p.m. at the Shrine of Remembrance. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery.

We will miss you Mom, Gramma, you will always be in our hearts. Love you always and forever.  – Your kids, your grandkids.

“Goodnight, Mom.”

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This Obituary Has 3 Condolences

  1. Remembering Ruth (and Gene) fondly. I always admired them and loved watching them dance. I can only imagine the beautiful dance they are doing in Heaven’s beautiful ballroom. My sincere condolences to your family. Ruth was a beautiful woman with a warm harm heart and soft voice. I know you will miss her deeply. Ruth and Gene are once again, in each others arms.
    Paula Falls – Line Dancer Friend

  2. Paula, I am sorry to hear about your mom. After our last conversation it sounded as if she was not doing well. She was a beautiful woman and the obituary is full of sweet memories. Hugs to you my friend.

  3. Also remembering Ruth (and Gene) very fondly. They immediately took us in as “family” on the dance floor and always had smiling faces and something good to say. We loved to watch them dance and listen to their stories. Our deepest condolences to the family.

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