Ruth Blattner, age 96 , passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Mercy West Lakes hospital in West Des Moines, IA.
Ruth was born on May 14, 1920 in North West Big Horn County Wyoming, the daughter of William George and Sylvia M. Griffen Hodson. She was second youngest of 13 children in this homesteading family. She graduated from Burlington, Wyoming High School and was offered a scholarship to a Business College. She was married to Boyd H. Blattner in Wyoming. The couple later moved to Nebraska where Boyd taught High School music. After several years in Nebraska, they moved to the family farm at Keota, Iowa and farmed until they moved to Perry in 1981. Ruth and Boyd spent 24 years wintering in Arizona and California until his death in 1998. They were married over 60 years. Ruth remained in her home in Perry until 2012 and then joined the Rowley Memorial Masonic Community.
Ruth was active in her community. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church where she served as a teacher, President of the Presbyterian Women, Deacon and church treasurer. She helped organize the Keota, Iowa Senior Center. She worked in banks in Gibbon, Nebraska, Keota and Washington, Iowa. She was a volunteer at the Dallas County Hospital, a life time member of the Dallas County Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the Care Review Committee at the Rowley Memorial Masonic Home. She was a member of P.E.O. for 72 years and organized Chapter OK P.E.O in Perry.
One of her joys was making pulled butter mints which she enjoyed giving to graduation parties, weddings and individuals. She also enjoyed gardening and crocheting.
She is survived by sons, John (Christine) of Panora, Jim (Carol) of Everson, Washington, three granddaughters, Kellie (Skip) of Chicago, Carrie (Bill) of St. Louis, and LeeAnn of Seattle, 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Boyd, 2 infants, and 12 siblings.
The family requests any cards and memorials to be sent to the Carris Family Funeral Home, 1721 Park St., Perry, Iowa 50220. Memorials will be given to P.E.O. Chapter OK.
A graveside service will be in the Keota Cemetery at Keota, IA at a later date
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