Ruth Binkard, 94, of Britt, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the Hancock County Memorial Hospital in Britt. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
Ellen Ruth Binkard, the daughter of Benjamin Alfred and Crescy Ellen (Downing)Ball, was born Feb. 7, 1914, on a farm near Collins. She attended the rural schools through the eighth grade and graduated from Maxwell High School in 1931. She continued her education at Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls graduating in 1938 with a degree in primary education. Ruth taught for 10 ½ years in rural schools and then in Rutland, Webb and first grade in Garner. On July 29, 1945, she was married to Frank E. Binkard at her parent's home in Eldora. They lived in Webb for 13 years where they operated a Drug-Sundry Store with Frank's father. In 1959 they moved to Britt where they owned and operated the Coast to Coast Hardware Store until retiring in 1979.
Ruth was a member of the United Methodist Church in Britt, UMW, United Methodist Sewing Group, United Methodist Builders Club, Rebekah Lodge, Britt American Legion and VFW Auxiliary, Federation of Women's Club, Hancock County Hospital Auxiliary, Hancock County Historical Society, Silver Stars and the King's Daughters. She received the Governor's Award for volunteer service from Governor Terry Branstad in 1994.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; a sister, Doris Christian; and four brothers: Dr. Edwin, John, Dr. Dale and Glen Ball.
She is survived by her daughter, Beryl Binkard Collins and her husband, Larry of Fairborn, Ohio; a granddaughter; a sister, Anna Laura Carlson of Prescott, Ariz.; a brother, Dr. Roger Ball and wife, Louise, of Midland, Texas; and sisters-in-law: Betty Ball of Grundy Center and Harriett Donovan of Guthrie Center.
Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church in Britt or the Britt Swimming Pool Fund.