Ruth Rus was born Feb. 14, 1935,
the daughter of Carl and Gertrude Kramer in Ackley. She passed away in Phoenix,
AZ, on June 4, 2019, at the age of 84. A celebration of life was held Monday,
June 10, at the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, Phoenix, AZ.
Ruth is survived by her three
brothers, Ronald, Martin, and Gerald Kramer, all of Pella, and her sister
Marian TenPas of Oostburg, WI. She is also survived by many friends, neighbors,
and acquaintances with whom she kept in contact throughout the years via
letters, emails, and greeting cards. She liked keeping informed of life back in
Iowa by reading the various newspapers of the towns and people she knew. She
will always be remembered for her thoughtfulness of others and the way she
remembered and visited her sick and aging friends.
She was married to Peter H. Rus
on June 21, 1957, in Pella, and together they enjoyed 46 years of marriage
until Pete's passing on Nov. 1, 2003.
Ruth moved to Sully in 1944
beginning her elementary education in the Ackley School System and finishing her
schooling at Sully Christian School before attending high school at Sully High
Ruth was a longtime member of
the Phoenix Christian Reformed Church after she and Pete moved to Phoenix in
1961. She enjoyed sending out church bulletins to those unable to attend
worship services, writing to missionaries, and working in the church library.
She was employed by Motorola
Corporation in Phoenix for many years as a secretary and administrative
assistant. Ruth was a proficient typist and was very adept at computer use. In
her retirement, she kept busy doing accounting for Rod's Carburetor. She
enjoyed using her computer to communicate with friends and family and was
emailing people until the day she became a patient at Banner Medical Center.
She dearly loved caring for the numerous stray cats she and Pete adopted
throughout the years.
She will be remembered for her
quiet encouragement of others, her constant thoughtfulness, her generosity to
those in need, her newsy notes, letters, and emails, and above all, her
faithfulness to God.