Ruth Stevens, 98, of Redfield, SD passed away peacefully at Avantara-Redfield on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Her services will be held on Saturday, January 8, at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. with her funeral service following at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Adrian Timmons will officiate. Her private interment will take place at a later date at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. Hyke Funeral Home has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. (www.hykefuneralhome.com)
Ruth Meyer Stevens was born to Fred and Magdalena Meyer on November 8, 1923, on the plains near Forbes, North Dakota. She grew up on the farm and had several brothers and sisters. Ruth attended a one room schoolhouse near their home until eighth grade. She then took North Dakota State correspondence courses for two years, traveled to Forbes, and finished her high school at Forbes High School while boarding in town. Ruth graduated valedictorian. She went on to the “Normal” school in Ellendale, ND, and received her teaching certificate. Eventually she returned home and taught in the one room schoolhouse she attended as a child. Ruth enjoyed farming, gardening, sewing, outings with her family and friends to the Gulch for picnics, and attending and serving their church.
After the war Ruth traveled around the Midwest and ended up in Rapid City, SD, where she met Harold Stevens (1926 – 2014). They had four children, Jonathan (1957 -), Frederick (1959 – 2018), Ramona (1963 – 2015), and Eric (1966 -).
Ruth and her children enjoyed time in Germany twice during the Cold War. This experience was one of the greatest highlights of her life as she was able to see her ancestral country and speak her native tongue.
After Harold retired, the family returned to Forbes, ND in 1969. While the children were still in school Ruth continued her career as the Clerk/Treasurer for the Forbes School. She enjoyed raising her children and saw them all graduate from high school and move on. She then attended Mayville State College and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement and Remedial Reading Certificate. They returned home to Forbes and she started teaching Kindergarten and remedial reading. She also became the business manager and substitute taught for many years.
After retiring, Ruth and Harold moved to Mellette, SD. Ruth still gardened, sewed, and made quilts with ladies at the local church. She eventually became president of the local LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League).
Ruth demonstrated her relationship with Jesus by sharing His love with others. She was kind, considerate, and understanding with her children and patient with her husband. Ruth always had time for others, but understood the importance of family. Ruth passed away January 5, 2022. She will be remembered because of her faith and obedience to her Lord and Savior and how she lived that out with all who had the privilege of knowing her.
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