Greenwood Funeral Home
In Memory Of Ruth E. Rutherford
Ruth E. Rutherford
Ruth E. Rutherford
Born: November 25, 1917
Died: April 10, 2011
Age: 93
Ruth E. Rutherford
November 25, 1917 - April 10, 2011
Ruth Rutherford died Sunday, April 10th, 2011, surrounded by her loving family. She was born to Carl E. and Anna Mork Peterson on November 25th, 1917. Her parents were immigrants from Sweden, arriving through Ellis Island. Ruth graduated from Cherokee High School in 1935 and earned a business degree from the University of Minnesota in 1939, one of few women in her class.

On March 24th, 1940 she married Parker W. Rutherford, who was originally from Gann Valley, South Dakota. Ruth was primarily a home-maker until her youngest daughter was in high school. She then went to work at Wilson Foods and later she taught special needs children at Cherokee Mental Health. After the death of Parker in 1975, she went to Ames and served as 'Mom' for 60 sorority girls at Iowa State University.

Ruth was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church of Cherokee for more than 60 years where she served on the Board of Trustees, Memorial Committee, the Board of Deacons and many other offices. She was very active in the Cherokee community as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and as Treasurer of the County Fund Drive, receiving recognition from the mayor for her many years of service. She was also District Director and 'Woman of the Year' for the Business and Professional Women organization and a member of Eastern Star for 50 years. Ruth enjoyed many social activities with her friends and was an avid traveler and reader, continuously keeping in touch with the world and political activities.

Ruth suffered a stroke on St. Patrickís Day in 2004 and entered Careage Hills Care Center and later moved to Waukee Senior Living Center to be near family. Ruth dearly cherished and loved the time she spent with her daughters, 11 grandchildren and her 10 great-grandchildren. Missing their daily chats are four daughters: Susan Holderness (Mike) of Des Moines, Patricia Heisler of Omaha, Kay Rutherford of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and Joani Hollingsworth (Mel) of Des Moines. Grandchildren are: Lauren Holderness, Lisa Holderness Brown, Jennifer Lewis, Josh Holderness, Terri Kokoruz, T.J. Heisler, Katie Rutherford-Bartels, Anna Rutherford-Bartels, Megan Ferchen, Libby Geistkemper, and Zach Hollingsworth. Great grandchildren are: Emma and Parker Brown, Jack and Abby Lewis, Stella and Cash Holderness, Tyler and Evie Heisler, Kade and Alec Ferchen, and Landree and Easton Geistkemper. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Ann Peterson of Storm Lake and Dorothy Barnett of Sioux Falls. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers: Rueben and Carl Peterson, and a multitude of dear friends.

It was Ruth's wish to be cremated. Services, arranged by Greenwood Funeral Home, will be held at Memorial Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. Ruth requests this be a celebration of her life on Earth and her life to come. Please join her family in fellowship for a light lunch immediately following the service.

Throughout her 93 years, Ruth never lost her sense of humor and wanted to convey to those who were dear to her, 'What a ride it has been!'

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee, and will be used for a permanent park bench at beautiful Spring Lake.

Ruth's wish for you: 'May the Good Lord take a liking to ye, but not too soon!'



Condolences
Monday, May 02, 2011
Ruth Rutherford was a great friend of mine @ Careage Hills in Cherokee, IA, & I regularly would share my devotions from "Our Daily Bread" daily till she transferred down south. We always had special times and when I heard that she had passed, I will be anxiously waiting to be reunited w/ her in Heaven!
Karn Monson
Monday, May 02, 2011
Ruth Rutherford was a great friend of mine @ Careage Hills in Cherokee, IA, & I regularly would share my devotions from "Our Daily Bread" daily till she transferred down south. We always had special times and when I heard that she had passed, I will be anxiously waiting to be reunited w/ her in Heaven!
Karn Monson
Monday, May 02, 2011
Ruth Rutherford was a great friend of mine @ Careage Hills in Cherokee, IA, & I regularly would share my devotions from "Our Daily Bread" daily till she transferred down south. We always had special times and when I heard that she had passed, I will be anxiously waiting to be reunited w/ her in Heaven!
Karn Monson
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Dear Kay, We are just reviewing the Cherokee obituaries and noticed your mother´s passing. We just wanted to send our condolensces and let you know we are thinking of you.
Mary and Dan Meloy
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Ruth was a valued friend. I will always cherish her friendship. Even though we weren't able to see each other much in the last few years, memories abound of our times together. She will be missed.
Esther Bleakly
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Dear Rutherford Family, We are sorry to hear of your mother's passing and we extend our condolences to all of your family. Ruth was a model to be admired as one who lead the way on the importance of education, community involvement and career simultaneously with her commitment to family, children and grandchildren. She lead a proud and love-filled life whose memory and love will felt for eternity by all of you. We have had you all in our prayers for healing energy. God Blesses her and all of you. Sincerely, Ramona and Mark Cunningham
Mark V. Cunningham
Friday, April 15, 2011
I am saddened to hear the news of Ruth's passing. What a great lady, she will truly be missed.
Janet Lucas
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Sorry to hear about Ruths passing. We will be on our way to Missouri on Friday, so sorry we will not be able to attend the funeral.
Jim and Irene Kirkpatrick
Thursday, April 14, 2011
My sympathies in the loss of your mother, she was a dear lady. I enjoyed working with her when she got her hearing aids from me and was sorry to see her move away. Losing a mother is the worst and I feel so badly for you all. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Peggy A. Hinkhouse
Thursday, April 14, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the "Rutherford girls" and their families at this time of loss. Mom and Dad enjoyed the times together with your mom and dad over the years; especially the breakfast picnics. I know that their retirement years were happier because of their friendship!
Enola Grawburg Peters
Thursday, April 14, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss, I remember Ruth fondly growing up in Cherokee I use to visit with my mother Grace Barnett many times as a young girl. Our prayers and love are with your family during this time. Ray and Tassie Barnett Davidson and Brent and Linda Barnett.
Tassie Barnett Davidson
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Sad to hear that Ruth has passed away. She always was a classy lady. Our condolences to the family. Mike and Sue, we don't have your address to send a card, so this will have to do. You all have our sympathy.
Dale & Helen Sturgeon
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
We were sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families.
Carol & Harry Bradstreet
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are for you. Ruth left a legacy of memories and will always be remembered. May God grant you comfort and peace during this time of loss.
David Olson
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Joani was my dear friend in high school, & her mom was the sweetest. She made you a better person just for being with her. With all the love & fun her family was so masterful at sharing, you should all be proud of the special life she lived.
Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Susie Wilson
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember your mom lovingly while growing up and through church and school.
Kae Ehrich Soost
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. May all of the wonderful memories that you have of your Mother carry you in the days ahead. She was a great lady.
Dana (File) Kies


SERVICES
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 15, 2011 at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee
OFFICIATING
Pastor Ethan Sayler
CASKET BEARERS
VISITATION
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
MUSIC
Ruth's Favorites
INTERMENT
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa
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