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“What a dear and lovely friend Ruth has been over the years...even since High School though we live far apart. Her Christmas cards were always filled...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Gay Stover Coombs - IA

“I loved her dearly. She was my second Mom and a wonderful sister. So many great memories. Love and prayers to all of you. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Sally Crall - Lovilia, IA

“To my sweet Aunt Ruth… I have some wonderful childhood memories of spending time at your house and playing with John. We always had so much fun. ...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Marty Robertson - Greenville, WI

“Prayers and condolences to Amy and Gail and families. Teresa Ingram Sickels ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Teresa Sickels - Saint Peters, MO


Ruth Noftsger, 80, of rural Kellerton, IA, recently residing in Mt. Ayr, passed away with her family by her side June 16, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
Ruth was born on November 15, 1932, in rural Monroe County. She was the oldest of six children born to Morris and Lenna (Frazier) Lemonds. She graduated from Leon High School in 1951. Ruth worked through high school in Leon, and she married Gene Noftsger on February 8, 1952. Gene and Ruth had four children – Morris, Gail, Amy, and John.
Gene and Ruth farmed in Decatur County for several years and Union County for a few more years, before moving to Ringgold County in 1960. By 1965, Gene and Ruth purchased their own farm. Ruth took the role of farm wife quite seriously, working hard to help support the family in collaboration with Gene.
Ruth loved her children dearly and spent countless afternoons and evenings attending ball games, music and band events, and other activities. Her hobbies and interests included riding horses, gardening, John Wayne movies, and spoiling her grandchildren. She was an avid reader, enjoying many genres.
Ruth was preceded in death by her mother and father, husband Gene, daughter Gail, and brother Louis Lemonds. She is survived by sisters Rose (Robin) Meacham of Susanville, CA, Charlotte Shuey of St, Charles, IA, Sally (Ed) Crall of Lovilia, IA, and Linda (Randy) Gatton of Leon, IA, son Morris (Julie) Noftsger of Tulsa, OK, daughter Amy Podzimek of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, son John (Darla) Noftsger also of Tulsa, son-in-law Steve Trullinger of Mt. Ayr, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many other friends and relatives.
A memorial fund has been established to the American Heart Association.