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Ruth Andersen

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

A celebration of life service for Mrs. Ruth Andersen, 87, of Spencer, will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at First Presbyterian Church of Spirit Lake. Rev. Clint Loveall will officiate the service.

A public gathering will be held from 5-8 p.m., tonight at Warner Funeral Home of Spencer.

Ruth passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at Spencer Hospital.

Ruth Andersen, the daughter of Albert and Anna Marie (Rasmussen) Andersen, was born Nov. 21, 1919, in Cedar Falls. Her childhood years were spent in Spirit Lake, where she received her early education in a country school. She later graduated from Spirit Lake High School and continued her education at Iowa Lutheran Hospital where she received her degree as a Registered Nurse.

Throughout her life, she devoted herself to her nursing career and helping other people. She moved to Spencer n 1947, where she worked as a registered nurse, becoming director of Nursing, Director of the Education Department and as Special Service Coordinator until her retirement in 1991. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake. Ruth was active with the BPW, Hospital Auxiliary, Nurses Association and was a charter member of the Audubon Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Wilbur, Arthur and Walter; and two nephews: Dennis Anderson and Richard Anderson.

Ruth is survived by niece, Becky Welch and her husband, Darrell of Spirit Lake; nephew, Jonathan Anderson and his wife, Kay of Des Moines; and Dennis's wife, Joanne of Minneapolis, Minn., and Richard's wife, Gerry Anderson of Tulare, Calif.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.