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Ruth Margaret Reid Holst
September 11, 1918–April 7, 2013
Ruth Holst, age 94, formerly of Center Junction, died Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the Parkview Manor Care Center, Reinbeck, with her family by her side.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Saturday morning, April 13, 2013 at the Onslow Presbyterian Church, with interment in the Wyoming Cemetery. Pastor Mike Campbell will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 5 until 7 Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.
Surviving are four daughters-in-law: Kathy Holst, Reinbeck, Bonnie Holst Cummings and husband Bill Cummings, Center Junction, Lorrie Holst, Greensburg, PA, Nancy Holst, Denver, CO: and ten grandchildren: Jason (Michelle) Holst, Beth (Pat) Hennes, Austin (Erin) Holst, Autumn (Travis) Craig, Kim (Brandon) Blankenship, Kelly (Puffer Jones) Holst, Dr. L. L. (Janir) Thorndike, Nicole (Rocky) Baker, Allison (Shawn) Scott, Lindsay Holst and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marvin in 1994, three sons, Robert, John and Gary; and her brother, Harlen.
Ruth Margaret Reid was born September 11, 1918 in Dubuque, Iowa. She was the daughter of Oseola and Mary Blanche Reid. Ruth went to school at Osage from grades 1 thru 8 and then in Ackley for grades 9 and 10. She graduated from St. Ansgar High School with the class of 1936. She continued her education at the St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids where she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1939. She worked as a nurse at the Independence City Hospital and then did some in-home nursing in Stanwood.
Ruth married Marvin Holst (her former patient) on September 14, 1940 at St. Paul Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids. The couple farmed the Holst family farm near Center Junction where they raised their three sons. Ruth continued to live on the farm following Marvin's death until 2008 when she moved to Westview Independent Living in Reinbeck. She had been at Parkview Manor Care Center for the past month.
Ruth was a member of the Onslow Presbyterian Church, the Christian Service Guild, and the Alturian Study Club for over fifty years. She was a woman of deep faith. She had been a Sunday School and Bible School teacher and was an enthusiastic supporter of the many 4-H activities in which her boys participated. Ruth was also a volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital.
Ruth loved being a grandmother and had a special bond with her grandchildren. She was a woman of positive virtue and strong character, always having the courage of her conviction and strength of her faith. Her keen mind all through her life was a marvel to all who knew her. She was deeply interested in those around her and in the affairs of her community and family. Ruth was a nurturer, accomplished nurse, homemaker and devoted friend.
She loved to cook and bake for family and friends; her welcome mat was always out. She was a humble servant of the Lord and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 12 April 2013

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