Ruth Noftsger, 80, of rural Kellerton, Iowa, recently residing in Mount Ayr, passed away with her family by her side June 16, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
Ruth was born on November 15, 1932, in rural Monroe county. She was the oldest of six children born to Morris and Lenna (Frazier) Lemonds. She graduated from Leon high school in 1951. Ruth worked through high school in Leon, and she married Gene Noftsger on February 8, 1952. Gene and Ruth had four children, Morris, Gail, Amy and John.
Gene and Ruth farmed in Decatur county for several years and Union county for a few more years before moving to Ringgold county in 1960. By 1965 Gene and Ruth purchased their own farm. Ruth took the role of farm wife quite seriously, working hard to help support the family in collaboration with Gene.
Ruth loved her children dearly and spent countless afternoons and evenings attending ball games, music and band events and other activities. Her hobbies and interests included riding horses, gardening, John Wayne movies and spoiling her grandchildren. She was an avid reader, enjoying many genres.
Ruth was preceded in death by her mother and father; husband, Gene; daughter, Gail, and brother, Louis Lemonds.
She is survived by sisters, Rose (Robin) Meacham of Susanville, California, Charlotte Shuey of Saint Charles, Iowa, Sally (Ed) Crall of Lovilia, Iowa and Linda (Randy) Gatton of Leon, Iowa; son, Morris (Julie) Noftsger of Tulsa, Oklahoma; daughter, Amy Podzimek of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; son, John (Darla) Noftsger, also of Tulsa, Oklahoma; son-in-law, Steve Trullinger of Mount Ayr, Iowa; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and many other friends and relatives.
Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Saturday, June 22, 2013, with Rev. Chris Conklin officiating. Musicians were Nancy Sackett, Mary Davenport and Margaret Bickers.
Casket bearers included Sam Podzimek, Matt Noftsger, Kevin Trullinger , Mark Trullinger, Jared Trullinger, Jake Noftsger, Tim Noftsger and Ben Noftsger.
Honorary pallbearers were Marty Lesan, Allan Dolecheck, Eldon Still. Tom Giles, Jack Hoffman, Pete Lesan, Larry Grose and Leland Dolecheck.
Burial was in the Decatur City Cemetery in Decatur City, Iowa.
Memorials are to the American Heart Association.