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“It's been a little over a year since Ruth has passed. I've been missing her a lot recently, thinking of all the fun times we had together, and all...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: audrey maxwell - Grandchild

“Linda, your mom was the sweetest lady! I loved visiting her at the nursing home and visiting many times at Emanuel. I even babysat for you three...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Carol Erickson Eddy - LeGrand, IA

“I have such fond memories of Ruth & Bob, as I was blessed to have them as neighbors when they lived on their farm. Ruth was my school cook, Bob was...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Rev. Glen C. Hanson - Bondurant, IA

“I first met Ruth in January of 2007. What a great lady! She was so easy to talk with and such a wonderful sense of humor. I always enjoyed seeing...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Glenys Earle - Des Moines, IA

5 of 15 | Posted by: Ella Jane Hall - Bryan, TX

“Met Ruth and Bob when we move to Dayton in 1966. I taught Barry in PE and coached him in Basketball. In 1967 we moved into Bob and Ruth little...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: James & Diana Reiter - Melbourne, FL

“Such a beautiful lady, Linda. I know she will have fun working with us at Piney. She and my mom will celebrate all that's new and bring life to all...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Judy Renoux - Johnston, IA

“I only had the pleasure of visiting with Ruth a few times, but I remember her as being a lady of great warmth. I also remember her dancing with such...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Penni Scavo - Des Moines, IA

“Ruth was always so gracious and appreciative of my visits while I served my internship year at Emanuel. May perpetual light shine upon her and may...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Matthew Voyer - Lawrenceburg, IN

“Ruth was Grandma Ruth to my sister, brother and I. Bob and Ruth babysat my brother until he started school. Bob kept Corey supplied with farm toys,...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Pamela Clancy - Dayton, IA

“What a tribute to a wonderful lady! Her loving daughter, grandchildren and GREAT grandchildren. She truly blessed all who knew her. Hey, Linda,...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Miriam Heuermann

“Ruth was truly a one of a kind person. I will never forget her. She had many friends at the care home through her years there. (Lowell;) She sure did...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Audrey Maxwell - johnston, IA

“One could not ask for better neighbors than Ruth and Bob at the apartments. Ruth was a wonderful baker and her and Bob would invite me over to share...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Marvin Fortune - Otho, IA

“Always the sweetest lady. I had a crush on Dale and knew he had a super Mom. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Daun Keefe - Dayton, IA

“You will always be Grandma Ruth to our family. There are so many stories I remember of things that happened between us. I think the best one is...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Karen Swanson - Dayton, IA

Ruth D. Anderson, of Dayton, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the Grandview Health Care Center in Dayton.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dayton. Pastor Arhiana Shek will officiate. Burial will be in the Dayton Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be Friday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Dayton. For online obituaries and condolences please visit

Ruth was born April 24, 1923, in Woodbury County, Iowa, and moved to Dayton at the age of 6. She was educated in the Dayton Schools and graduated in 1941.

For two years after graduation, she was employed with the North American Defense Plant in California. After returning to Iowa, she and Robert L. Anderson were married in the home of her parents, Hans and Hannah Hanson, on October 31, 1943. After farming in Stratford until 1956, they moved to Ruth's family farm in Dayton where Bob did carpenter work and they raised their three children. Later, Ruth worked as the school cook for 16 years. In the early 1970s, they built their family home in Dayton. Ruth had a huge garden and enjoyed sharing her beautiful flowers and vegetables with neighbors and friends. Her rose bushes were her favorite.

Ruth was active in her church, Emanuel Lutheran, belonging to ELCW and especially enjoyed the quilting group. She was also involved in Scouts, 4-H, Women's Club, arts and crafts and loved to golf. Other hobbies included sewing, baking, knitting and gardening. She was a dedicated Iowa Hawkeyes fan and enjoyed reading books and playing cards with her grandchildren, who were all precious to her. Ruth loved people and welcomed everyone in for a chat and a cup of coffee.

In 2001, Ruth and Bob moved to the Grandview Apartments, where she promptly began planting flowers. Many of them are still there today, enjoyed by passersby. Following Bob's death in 2006, Ruth moved to the Grandview Health Care Center.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and brother; husband, Bob; two sons, Dale and Barry; daughter-in-law, Karen; and grandson, Doug.
Surviving relatives are her daughter, Linda Anderson of Des Moines; daughter-in-law, Monica Mauzey, of Maryville, Missouri; and grandchildren, Victoria Rea, Lena Anderson, Kimberly Hartford, Patrick Hart, Katie Hart, Clara Sainte and Laura Maahs; and 10 great-grandchildren. Ruth's family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Grandview Health Care Center who have taken such good care of her these last eight years, as well as the service of the hospice staff for helping make the last few days of her life comfortable and peaceful.