Ruth Mae Flaherty, 83, of Fargo passed away on May 21st, 2018 at a Fargo hospital after a weekend of prayer, smiles and memories with her family.
Ruth was born in Racine, Wisconsin on May 17th, 1935 to Joseph and Florence Mura. Among many interests growing up, she enjoyed playing baseball and also was a starting basketball guard for St. Catherine’s High School in Racine. Like her parents, Ruth had a life-long love of gardening, starting her spring plants in her final days.
After high school, she attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Milwaukee, and began work as a registered nurse. While at a Milwaukee hospital, she met the love of her life, James Harris Flaherty, while he was visiting a patient there. They were married April 11th, 1959 in Milwaukee. James and Ruth were the proud parents of five sons.
Her family became Ruth’s career, always putting her husband’s and sons’ needs ahead of her own. She delighted in her grandchildren and greatly enjoyed their visits and news of their activities. Ruth shared her depression-era thriftiness, wisdom, and deep Catholic faith with her sons and grandchildren that will live on in them.
Ruth is survived by her sons James Jr. (Cathleen), Daniel (Jeanne), Dennis (Elizabeth), Michael (Melissa) and 13 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband James, parents, brother David, son Paul (Natasha), and granddaughter Catherine.
Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Thursday, May 24, 2018 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fargo with visitation starting at 6:00 P.M.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 25, 2018 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fargo with visitation starting at 9:00 A.M.