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Ruth Mathews, of Osakis, formerly of Mora and Cambridge, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the Community Memorial Home in Oaskis under the care of Douglas County Hospice.  She was 97 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Greggory Coop officiating.

VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery of Mora.

*Memorials to the Lutheran Hour or Bridgewell Assisted Living in Osakis*

Ruth Marie Mathews, of Osakis, formerly of Mora and Cambridge, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the Community Memorial Home in Osakis under the close care of Bridgewell Assisted Living and Hospice of Douglas County.  She was 97 years old.

Ruth was born on April 26, 1915 in Mora, Minnesota to parents Rudolph and Emilie (Heuer) Walter.  Ruth was baptized and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mora.  She attended Mora schools, graduating in 1933.  She went to teacher’s training, graduating the following year in 1934.    Ruth taught at various county schools in Kanabec County over the next several years. She returned to teaching in the 1960s at Brunswick School.

On April 5, 1946, Ruth was united in marriage to Werner W. Mathews at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mora.   Together the couple lived in Mora, and Ruth worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as a switchboard operator.  Later, Ruth went on to work as a Medicare Clerk for the Mora Medical Center.  After Ruth and Werner retired, they moved to Cambridge.  In 2010, Ruth moved to the Bridgewell Assisted Living community in Osakis to be closer to her family.

Ruth was an active member of both the Zion Lutheran Church of Mora and the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  She liked participating in many church events and Bible studies.  Ruth enjoyed being a part of the Mora Women’s club and the Mora Legion Auxiliary.   She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, husband Werner, brother Elmer Walter, sister Lydia Paul, and son-in-law Michael Frich.

She is survived by her daughters Kristin (Bruce) Brandwick of Osakis, Kayleen (Dan) Brausen of Breezy Point, and Jane Mathews (Randy Sand) of Cold Spring; grandchildren Robert (Debra) Brandwick, Charles Brandwick, Samuel (Brooke) Hintz, Philip (Anne) Hintz, Adam Kittelson, Abby Kittelson (Eric Kusch), and Aryn Sand; great grandchildren Katelynn Brandwick, Shepherd Hintz, Madison Cloud, Mya Kusch, and Silas Hintz; many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Greggory Coop officiating.  Music was provided by Bonnie Grunke and Karen Kirschner-Danielson.  Casket Bearers were Ruth’s seven grandchildren.  Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery of Mora.

7 thoughts on “RUTH M. MATHEWS”

  1. My Aunt Ruth, a most special person. A wonderful, dry sense of humor! She was not only my aunt but a wonderful friend. My daughter had the prvilege of a unique friendship with her great-aunt. We will miss our “expeditions” of family visits to the cemetery and our lunches at the Purple Hawk after. Love you so much! Know you are glad to be Home at Last!
    Love, Alaine, Ann and Don

  2. Kristin, Kayleen and Jane.
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. She was such a wonderful neighbor for so many years.
    Mary (Maurer) Bremer

  3. We will have you in our thoughts and prayers during this time for celebration of Ruth’s life. It was a priviledge to care for Ruth while she was here with us.
    The staff of BridgeWell, Osakis, MN

  4. I love you Ruth and will miss our adventures of going to the Brass Rail for “burgers and a beer” and to lunch at the Purple Hawk. Thank you to my extended family for letting me visit her in a Cambridge, allowing my mother, Alaine, and I to take her to Mora to visit and reminisce, and for me to visit and scheme with her in Osakis! Love to you all!


  5. Kris, Kayleen and Jane.
    I have been out of town and was not aware of this. It would appear that the funeral is occuring as I write this. I am so sorry to have missed it. I loved working with your mom at the clinic back in the day, and even now, some Ruthism’s come out of my mouth every once in awhile! Your are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. I have been out of town but wanted you to know how much I adored Ruth! Just a lovely lady! My prayers are with you.
    Beverly Robinson

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