Ruth M. Behrends, 83, of Humboldt, passed away November 6, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt with the Rev. Christy Ehrle officiating. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Humboldt.
Ruth Margaret Larson, the daughter of Ollie and Sophie Larson, was born May 18, 1929. She was raised on a farm near Ayrshire, Iowa and graduated from Ayrshire High School. She was united in marriage to Eugene E. Behrends on July 5, 1947 and the couple made their homes in the communities of Emmetsburg, Britt, and Sioux City before moving to Humboldt. In Humboldt, Ruth worked for Woods Café, National Grocery Store, Hy-Vee, and The Humboldt Care Center North.
Ruth was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening and yard work and maintaining her home. She also enjoyed card playing, bingo, and trips to the casino. Above all, Ruth loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Dianna (Robert) Helland of Oelwein; grandchildren, Scott (Sarah) Helland of Cologne, MN, Jennifer (Brent) Maddigan of Hudson, WI, Angela Helland of Woodbury, MN, Ashley (Kris) Rechkemmer of Oelwein, Megan (Derrick) Jefferson of Grimes, Joshua Bradley of Fort Dodge, and Shayla Bradley of Fort Dodge; great grandchildren, Tyler Helland, Riley Maddigan, and Makena Maddigan, along with one on the way. She is also survived by her brother, Ralph (Betty) Larson of Arnold, NE and her son-in-law, Thomas Bradley of Fort Dodge. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Cindy Bradley; granddaughter, Brianna Bradley; brothers, Vern, Kenny, and Cecile; and sisters, Catherine, Mary, and Irene.