Ruth McKenzie, 90, Northwood, Iowa

Published 12:48 pm Saturday, July 2, 2011

Ruth E. McKenzie, 90, of Northwood, Iowa, died June 29, 2011, at Lutheran Retirement Home, Northwood. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, at Faith Lutheran Church, London, Minn., with the Rev. Kent Otterman officiating. Burial will be in Deer Creek Valley Cemetery, London. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

Ruth McKenzie

Ruthie was born Jan. 30, 1921, in Virginia, Minn., to Duncan and Ethel (Wood) McKenzie. She married Russell McKenzie in November 1947; they spent most of their married life in Virginia. They lived in Taconite Harbor on Lake Superior’s North Shore for several years where Ruthie was active in the garden club and women’s Bible studies. In 1996 they moved to Austin to be near Donnarae. Ruthie liked to garden and dig in the dirt. She had a special love for cats and dogs. At Christmas she made cut out butter cookies and meticulously decorated them. They were beautiful and delicious; family members always looked forward to these special cookies.

Ruthie cared very much for her Lord and spent time reading her Bible and studying God’s word. Her life is a testimony to Jesus’ mercy and grace.

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She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Russell, son, David, and two sisters Margory and Audrey.

Ruthie is survived by her daughter Donnarae (Larry) Davis of Glenville, seven grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two sisters: Lois Hawkinson, of Hibbing, and Joan Pike, of New York, and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given to the Lutheran Retirement Home or Faith Lutheran Church, London.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home in Northwood is in charge of arrangements. The funeral home’s phone number is 641-324-1121.