Ruth Mildred Johanna Burns was born Jan. 9, 1912 near Kiron, the daughter of Albert and Tekla Nelson Anderson. Most of her schooling was at Marathon. She was married to Clifford Burns March 19, 1929 in Storm Lake. Four children were born to this union: James, Shirley, Darel and Nyle.
Ruth was an active farm wife until they moved into Marathon in 1946. In 1949 she started working for the Citizen's State Bank in Marathon, a career she enjoyed for almost 40 years. In 2001 she moved to Methodist Manor, then to Pleasant View Home in 2006.
She was a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church, holding several offices through the years.
Ruth was an excellent seamstress and quilter and also enjoyed crocheting. She loved to read and do crossword puzzles and continued to do both until a few weeks before her death. Family and friends were very important to her. She enjoyed traveling and one of the highlights of her life was a trip to Sweden in 1981 where she met many cousins.
Ruth is survived by children: Shirley (Vic) Smith of Beaverton, Ore.; Darel (Kay) of Storm Lake, and Nyle (Lou Ann) of Marathon; 16 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren; brother, Lester (Marvel) Anderson; sisters-in-law Lorraine Anderson and NevDel Anderson; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by parents, 2 sisters, 4 brothers; husband, Clifford; son, James; one granddaughter and one grandson.
Memorials may be given in Ruth's name to be used as the family chooses.