Ruth Adeline Anderson was born to George and Gunda Anderson on September 20, 1932, in Anthony Township, Minnesota. She was the youngest of three children. She attended country school and graduated from Ada High School in 1950. She attended Lutheran Bible School in Minneapolis for one year.

Ruth was united in marriage to Raymond Grothe on June 24, 1952. They lived on the Grothe farm in Hendrum, Minnesota. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hendrum, where she taught Sunday School and junior choir, and sang in the senior choir. Ruth loved to sing and sang many solos, duets, and trios in church. She provided special music for more than 150 funerals. 

Four words that describe Ruth are family, faith, food, and flowers. Ruth was a dedicated housewife and very involved in her community. She also worked at the Valley Journal in Halstad, Minnesota, for seventeen years and at the Halstad Living Center for five years. Beginning in 1997, Ray and Ruth spent their winters in Mesa, Arizona. Ruth worked at an adult day care center in Mesa for nine years.

Ruth became a resident of the Halstad Living Center in June, 2013, where she died on October 15, 2013.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Raymond; son Paul (Rebecca) of Moorhead; son Steven of Los Angeles, California; son Jonathan of Hendrum; daughter, Mary Coppola (Emilio), of Deerfield Beach, Florida; and two granddaughters, Cynthia Grothe Timmerman (Travis) of Fargo and Amanda Christina Coppola of Deerfield Beach, Florida. She also is survived by her brother, Erling (Evonne) Anderson, Moorhead, and many nieces and nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, brother Albert Anderson, and infant son, Daniel.

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