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Ruth Bassett Johnson, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora.  She was 101 years old.

A private Graveside Service will be held.

RUTH MILDRED BASSETT JOHNSON of Mora, Minnesota, passed away
On Sunday, April 26, 2020, at St. Clare Living Community in Mora, in the loving hands of her caregivers.

She was 101 years old, just 15 days shy of her 102nd birthday.Ruth was born on May 11, 1918, at home in Knife Lake Township, Kanabec County, Minnesota, to her parents Martin and Anne (Norby) Haugen. She graduated the 8th grade at the Telander Country School. As
a young woman she worked caring for the elderly and new mothers and babies.

On September 19, 1936, Ruth was united in marriage to Clinton Bassett of Mora. They made their home in Warman, Minnesota, and were blessed with three daughters—Sharon, Karen and Nancy. Ruth was a meticulous homemaker and gardener. She also helped at the Warman Country School while caring for her family. Ruth also was a cleaning lady for many years and was proud of her work at the Federal Ammunitions Plant in Arden Hills during the War. Ruth became skilled in crocheting after being taught by her grandmother when she was only 7 years old. She made countless afghan blankets, capes, caps and mittens, scarves, holiday
ornaments and crocheted clothes hangers.

In 1965 Ruth and Clinton moved to Mora where she enjoyed being closer to her church, the United Methodist, where she was active in the ladies aid and Ruth’s Circle. Ruth was also a member of the Mora American Legion
Auxiliary and the Braham Moose Lodge.

In her younger years, Ruth was part of a ladies bowling league and was fortunate to travel to tournaments in San Diego, Las Vegas and Hawaii. Ruth was an avid Twins fan and had the opportunity to travel to Anaheim, California, with the team and her favorite player, Torii Hunter and manager Ron Gardenhire. Ruth and her daughters enjoyed a cruise to Norway, her ancestral country, where she was adopted as Grandma by the crew. 

Ruth was an avid fisherwoman and wasn’t afraid to continually remind her family of her infamous skills. She enjoyed many trips to Michigan for salmon fishing and many trips fishing in Canada. In retirement, Ruth and Clinton even lived in a fish house on Mille Lacs Lake during the winter. Clinton passed away on October 27, 1993. Ruth later married Ralph Johnson and enjoyed several years together before his passing.

Ruth loved to sing and had a smile that lit up the room. She will be remembered for sharing that beautiful smile with all who knew her and
always said “smiling is free.”

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Clinton Bassett and Ralph Johnson; 7 siblings, Albert Haugen, Harold (Violet) Haugen, Helen (Earl Broostin and Dick Ziegler), Ruby (Kermit Runquist and Ray Lamp), Florence (Harry) Smith, Hazel (Ervin) Telander and Stanley (Gussie and Thelma) Haugen; son-in-law George B. Benz; granddaughter Paula Kay Harman; and great great granddaughter Emma Kerkman.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Ardell “Bill) Diessner, Karen Benz and Nancy (Michael) Helmbrecht; grandchildren, Samuel (Cindy) Harman, Michael (Debbie) Harman, Ruthanne Harman, Jesse (Lisa) Harman, Tyna (Scott) Dohman, Michael Jr. (Josie) Helmbrecht, George (Stephanie) Benz and Theodore “Derek” (Liz) Benz; 8 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren, sister-in-law Lillian Haugen; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Memorials preferred to the United Methodist Church of Mora or St. Clare Living Community.

8 thoughts on “RUTH M. BASSETT JOHNSON”

  1. It was a privilege to know Ruth. Her inspiration will live on for generations of us.
    With love and sympathy,
    The Gardner Family

  2. I enjoyed getting to know Ruth & am so sorry to hear this…
    Prayers to her family & friends as they remember & celebrate her.

  3. Prayers to each of you as you celebration the life of this beautiful lady. Ruth’s smile would light up a room and her kind sweet demeanor will always be remembered.

  4. Growing up in Warman I have many happy memories of Ruth and her “girls”. She was always gracious, with a beautiful smile and often a cookie too. The beautiful obituary is a testament to a life well lived.
    With sympathy,
    Judy Reese-Burns

  5. My deepest sympathy. Ruth was a wonderful roommate for my mom! Ruth would say my mom was the talked and she was the listener! We enjoyed many cups of coffee together, but be sure the coffee was hot! I loved getting to know Ruth and her family. Love to you all and prayers for comfort. Kathy undem

  6. I’ll miss the hugs and “I love you’s” from her that I’d get when tucking her in for the night. She’ll be greatly missed by a lot of people

  7. Ruth was such a sweet lady . She always said thank you and many times I love you . Her smile would light up a room. I have a crocheted cross in my bible that she had made. I hope to always remember Ruth and her sweet spirit.

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