Ruth Allen, 92, of Mabel, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

She was born Oct. 9, 1921, near Riceford, Minn., to Henry L. and Geneva R. (Bell) Hagen. She graduated from the Mabel High School in 1939 and received her teaching certificate from Luther College.

On June 8, 1944, she was united in marriage to Vernon Allen at the Riceford Lutheran Church parsonage. She taught school at Grindeland, Highlandville and Hesper schools before finishing her 35-year teaching career in the Decorah Schools.

She and her husband had lived on her husband's family home farm in Winneshiek County for 54 years until 2004 when they moved into Mabel.

She was a member of the Hesper Lutheran Church and enjoyed reading, playing piano, archaeology and family history.

She is survived by a son, Jonathan (Gwen) of Mabel; a granddaughter, Jody Roberts of Mabel; and two great-grandsons Christopher Rogich of Rochester and Adam Rogich of Mabel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, on Aug. 24, 2012; and two brothers, Charles and Robert.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper, Iowa, with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial was in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery.

Mengis Funeral Home of Mabel assisted the family with arrangements.