B. Ruth Dexter

Thursday, January 17, 2008

B. Ruth Dexter, 92, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2009, at the Tompkins Health Center in Fort Dodge.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at the Hope United Methodist Church in Havelock. Rev. Dwight Grosvenor and Rev. Travis Abrahamson will officiate.

Visitation will be from 12-1:15 p.m. on Saturday at the church.

Interment will take place at Washington Cemetery near Havelock.

Bessie Ruth Trimble was born Feb. 6, 1915, on a farm three miles east of Laurens. She was the daughter of James S. and Mary (Pyle) Trimble. She graduated from Ware Consolidated School in 1932 where she and two of her sisters played on the same basketball team. In 1933, Ruth married James G. Dexter in Yankton, S.D. The couple farmed near Ware until 1947 when theymoved to a farm near Havelock. James died in 1994. In 1995, Ruth moved Pocahontas. From 2001-04 she was a resident of Bickford Cottage in Fort Dodge and in 2004 she moved to Tompkins Memorial Health Center.

Ruth was a member of the Hope United Methodist Church, U.M.W., church circle, Kill Kare Klub, neighborhood card club and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She was preceeded in death by her parents; husband, James; brothers: Kenneth, Oscar, twin Roy, James and infant, Leslie; and sisters: Gladys Leith, Hazel Siddall, Elnor Miller, Betty Kerns, and as young children, Cecelia and Grace; son-in-law, Don McCartan; granddaughter, Debra McCartan; and great-grandson, Cameron Morrison.

Ruth is survived by her son, James. C. Dexter and wife, Jean of Fort Dodge; daughters: Carol McCartan of Ankeny, Mary Phillips and husband, Walt of Pocahontas, Linda Abrahamson and husband, Paul of Spencer, and Ruth Starks and husband, John of Maple Grove, Minn.; 20 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and sister, Marie Jeffers of Windsor, Calif.

Powers Funeral Home of Pocahontas is in charge of arrangements.