Ruth Richardson
Ruth Richardson
Ruth Richardson died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, from natural causes at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth in Rochester, where she had been a resident since May of 2011.

Ruth Margaret Richardson was born Sept. 10, 1913, in Leonard, to Theodore and Helen (Parks) Richardson. She grew up on the family farm and attended rural schools until the 9th grade. She then moved to Chatfield, to live with two aunts and their families, and continue her schooling, graduating from Rochester High School in 1933. She moved to Rochester where she was employed as a nanny for a few years, before attending a business college in Minneapolis. After completing her courses, she returned to Rochester and was employed at the Kahler Hotel in their bookkeeping department for over 40 years until her retirement in the early 1970s. She moved to Arbor Terrace in Rochester in 2001.

She was a former member of the First Christian Church in Rochester and of the Stewartville American Legion Auxiliary - Gold Star Sisters. She volunteered at Mayo Clinic and with the Salvation Army in Rochester. She enjoyed traveling, reading, knitting, square dancing at the Rochester Senior Center, and time spent with family.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Marion Richardson of Stewartville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Lucille Johnson; and three brothers, John, Rollin and Raymond.

The funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ in Pleasant Grove, with the Rev. Marcus Kendall officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove.

Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville assisted the family with arrangements.