Ruth Larson

Born in Sheldon, IA
Born on Jul 10, 1926
Departed on Jul 11, 2019

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Ruth H. Larson, 93, of Cedar Rapids, died July 11, 2019 at the Meth-Wick Community.  Memorial services will be Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories.  Private graveside services will be held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons; Mark (Donna), Peter (Charlise) and Phil (Rachelle); two daughters; Laura (Dean Jr.) Gesme and Jennifer (Ted) Olson; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Ernie, her sister Pat and a brother Bill.

Ruth was born July 10, 1926, in Sheldon, the daughter of Edward and Eva Saupe.  Ruth is a polio survivor who demonstrated her strength and determination throughout her life.  After meeting him at Morningside College, she married Ernest Larson on June 12, 1949 at the beginning of Ernie’s service as a Methodist minister.  Ruth served by Ernie’s side at his churches in Somers, Callendar, Lake Park, Holstein, Trinity United Methodist in Cedar Rapids, Carroll and Nevada.  

Ruth’s avocation was writing and reading.  She taught Language Arts in Holstein and Marion.  After retiring, she continued her passion by becoming a tutor for the Kirkwood Adult Literacy Program and by writing materials to be used for new adult readers.  Ruth also wrote poetry and was published in The Upper Room and Alive Now!  She led the writing group at Meth-Wick for several years.

Ruth cherished her time with her family, especially taking her grandchildren on “field trips”.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Kirkwood Community College Adult Literacy Program.

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