In Memory of

Ruth Irene George

December 30, 1915 - June 11, 2012
Ruth was born December 30, 1915, in Cherokee, the daughter of Ernest and Nanny (Bengtson) Bjorklund. She attended one year of high school in Aurelia, then left to be a nanny in Chicago at the age of 15. It was there she became a diehard Chicago Cubs fan and she maintained that love until the very end. On February 17, 1938, she married Wilbert George at Maryhill Church where she was a member for many years before moving to Cherokee following Wilbert's death in 1987. She was a member of WAC (Women's Afternoon Club), Ladies Union, and Catholic Daughters. She was an active bowler for many years and enjoyed bus trips and gambling excursions. She was a dedicated walker, which she did until a fall the day before her 96th birthday. Her favorite travel experience was a trip in 1982 to Sweden to visit relatives. She enjoyed following the activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister, Ruby, her brother, Kenneth Bjorklund, her sister, Phyllis (Francis) Smith, and daughter, Joan Benson. She will be missed by her daughters, Mary Kay France of Urbandale and Shirley George of Cherokee; grandsons, Brad (Renae), Dan, Greg (Darcy), Mark (Shelley), Mike and Todd (Mel) Benson; Stephen (Kathy) France, granddaughter, Maribeth France-Rieks (Matt), and many great-grandchildren; her sister, Edna Pearson, of Rockford, IL; brother-in-law Francis Smith; sisters-in-law Marilyn Storbeck and Joan Cronin in addition to many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice in her name or to the Cherokee Community Foundation and indicate Cherokee Yacht Club.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, June 14, 2012, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Armand Bertrand
Brad Benson Dan Benson Greg Benson Mark Benson Mike Benson Todd Benson Stephen France
Visitation will begin at noon on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Wednesday night at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 3:00 P.M. rosary Wednesday, conducted by the Catholic Daughters, and a 7:00 P.M. prayer service Wednesday night at the funeral home.
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery Rural Cherokee, Iowa


Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Your mother was a sweet lady and will certainly be missed. I think of her each and every time my Coconut Crusted Chicken Salad is mentioned in the store! My thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
- Judi Klee
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Mary Kay & Family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Carolyn sutton
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Angels be with you and yours at this difficult time. They all came so close for you. You are in my prayers. Love always.”
- Nancy Carstens Zimbro
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Mary Kay, Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May loving memories carry you through this difficult time. ”
- Karen & Darrell Gideon
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Mary Kay, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you, my friend.”
- Jane Kauzlarich
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