Ruth Margaret Ashby,101, Luverne, formerly of Magnolia, died Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.
A funeral service was Tuesday, May 15, at the United Methodist Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Ruth Vogtwas born to Henry and Mary (Campbell) Vogt on a farm in Nobles County on Sept. 12, 1916. Ruth and her siblings all received baptism at the farm place in 1925. She was raised on the farm and attended Westside Township, Nobles County, and District 64 country schools. She enjoyed playing softball as a teenager. After Ruth completed normal training at Luverne, she began teaching at District 50 and later District 64, where she continued to teach for five years and coached both girls’ and boys’ softball teams. Ruth played and coached softball until she was age 47.
On Dec. 31, 1937, she married Howard Ashby in Adrian. Following their marriage they lived and farmed in Westside Township of Nobles County. Ruth was an active partner in the farming operation with Howard. In 1991 the couple retired from farming and moved to Luverne. Howard died on Nov. 18, 2007. Ruth moved into The Oaks apartments in 2012 and in 2014 moved into Poplar Creek. She became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in January 2018. In April Ruth entered the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.
Ruth was a member of the Magnolia United Methodist Church. She was active in the United Methodist Adult Fellowship Club and the Women’s Society. She taught Sunday School and Bible School for many years. She was also a member of the Rock County Extension Club. She enjoyed doing crafts, playing croquet, playing all types of card games, and watching the Minnesota Twins. She was an avid bowler and member of the women’s bowling league.
Ruth and Howard began going to Texas in the winter of 1979. Ruth especially liked to visit friends, travel and spend time at home and church. After her retirement, and as soon her grandson, Chris, was old enough to participate in sports, Ruth became an avid sports fan and attended his activities.
She is survived by her son, Gene (Barb) Ashby of Luverne; a sister, June Nath of Luverne; 33 nieces and nephews; 94 great-nieces and great-nephews; and many other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; a son, Melvin Ashby; a grandson, Chris Ashby; her parents; three sisters, Edna Wieck, Dorothy Smeins and Virginia Schei; a brother, Raymond Vogt; a sister-in-law, Ann Vogt; and four brothers-in-law, Lester Wieck, Art Smeins, William Nath and Alfred Schei.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Luverne Area Community Foundation – Bike Path Fund.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.