Ruth M. Anderson

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ruth M. Anderson of Cherokee, 98, passed away Friday morning, November 27, 2015 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 5th at 10:30 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jean Morse officiating, and burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee. There will be a family prayer service prior to the service at 10:15 a.m. at the church on Saturday. Visitation will be at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee on Friday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Online condolences can be left at In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Sanford Museum or the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Ruth was born on December 10, 1916 in Aurelia, to Carl and Hulda (Gustafson) Johnson. She attended Aurelia Country School and was married to Loren Anderson on August 29, 1940 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Ruth was an impeccable homemaker and family and friends were very important to her. She was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, belonged to the Ladies Association, church choir, Tone Circle, and various bridge clubs. She also enjoyed cooking, music, spending time with her family, and enjoying her many friends. Ruth will be remembered for her strong faith, her unconditional love for family and friends, and her optimism, filled with laughter.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Loren on September 26, 1998; two brothers, Marvin Johnson, and Melvin (Dorothy) Johnson; her in-laws Ludwig and Nancy Anderson and two sisters-in-law, Bernice Lane and Neta Anderson.

She is survived by her three children: Dick (Sue) Anderson of Webster City, Karleen (Richard) Waller of Sioux City and Randy (Cindy) Anderson of Ankeny; grandchildren Scott (Renee) Waller and their sons Preston and Braxton of Longmont, Colorado, Brian (Callie) Waller and daughter Parker Ruth and one on the way, of West Des Moines, Rachel (John) Bruni of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Matt (Emily) Anderson and their children Sophie and Taylor of Columbus, Indiana. and Cole, Megan and Brett Anderson of Ankeny; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Norma Bush, of Cherokee.