ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Ruth Reed, 96, of Estherville will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Grandview Baptist Church in Estherville with Pastor Cody Crigger and Pastor Joel Jorgensen officiant. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service at 1:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at Memorial Gardens in Spirit Lake.
She went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, her husband Dale's 100th birthday, at Good Samaritan Society in Estherville, at the age of 96 years, four months and 28 days.
Ruth Elnora (Miller) Reed, the daughter of James and Daisy (Foulk) Miller, was born July 10, 1916, in Ellis, Neb. Ruth grew up on a farm near Ellis, Neb., and received her education in rural country schools in the Ellis and Beatrice area. On Aug. 25, 1935, Ruth was united in marriage to Dale Reed in a double-ring ceremony with Dale's sister, Myrle Reed, and Ruth's brother, Orval Miller, at Ruth's parents farm home in Gage County, Nebraska. The couple came to Kossuth County on their honeymoon, made their home and farmed in the Bancroft and Swea City areas. The couple moved to rural Spirit Lake in 1950, where they farmed until 1967, when they moved to their farm north of Estherville. Ruth and Dale were blessed with 73 years of marriage. Ruth worked alongside Dale in all areas of farming, driving the John Deere tractor and raising hundreds of chickens. She did many years of RSVP volunteer work and was a Gold Star Mother having a son die while he was on active duty in the United States Navy.
Ruth was an active member of Grandview Baptist Church, until she moved into the Good Samaritan Center in November of 2004. Grandma Reed was loved dearly by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many others called her Grandma. She had many friends at Good Samaritan that lovingly called her "Ruthie" and were like family to her.
Left to cherish Ruth's memory are her daughter, Nancy R. Nelsen, and her husband, Tom, of Estherville; grandchildren, Mark Nelsen and his wife, Denise, and their children, Zacharie, Emilie, and Alissa of LaRochelle, France; Joy Meinders and her husband, Chris, and their children, Nathan, Abigail, Luke and Jake of Grimes; Londa Crigger and her husband, Cody, and their children, Cloe, Carson, McClain and Maddox of West Des Moines; daughter-in-law, Donna Reed of Colorado and granddaughters, Brandi (Reed) Weisman and three daughters, and Grace (Reed) Paten and two sons of Texas and Jennifer Reed and her daughter, Teesha of Colorado; sister-in-law, Myrle Miller of Swea City; brothers-in-law, Lester Reed of Kansas; Gerald Reed of Nebraska; and nieces and nephews.
Ruth has been preceded in death by her husband in 2008; son, Gary W. Reed in 1980; her parents and brothers, Orval and Jessie.
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