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Amanda McGowan Ruckman 1842-1911


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 8/30/2010 at 22:40:16

Gone But Not Forgotten

Died. At her home in Superior, June 16, 1911, of paralysis, Mrs. Thos. Ruckman, Sr., aged 69 years and 4 months, after an illness of one week. We feel the emptiness of human words in times of bitter sorrow, yet hat it been said, mourn not the loss, in realms of changeless gladness, where friendship’s ties are never crushed and broken, we may meet. He who beholds our sadness hat to the trusting heart, assurance spoken of in that blest land where free from care and pain fond friends unite again. Mrs. Ruckman had not been in the best of health for a number of years and was seldom seen away from her home, but was a true friend and much devoted to her home and loved ones. She was of a sunny disposition, always looking on the bright side of life, though her health prevented her from doing many things which she would have loved to do. Amanda McGowan was born March 2, 1842, at Lockport, Ill. She was of Scotch descent and was married to Thomas Ruckman January 1, 1868, at Ellwood, Illinois. After a number of years they moved to Hardin county, Iowa, and the last ten years have lived near and in Superior. Six children were born to them, two girls and four boys, all of whom are living, and were home during her last illness. The children are Mrs. Jas. Coon of Esthrville, Miss Nellie, who lives at home, Charles of Montrose, Mo., and Fred, Harry and Thos. Jr., of Superior. The funeral was held at the M.E. church of which Mrs. Ruckman was a member, Rev. A. Bottom officiating, and the remains were laid to rest amidst beautiful flowers in the Oak Hill cemetery at Estherville. Among the outside relatives who were present at the funeral were J. Mills and family of Lakefield, Minn., Frank and Wm. Leopold and wives of Estherville and Miss Mabel Lizer of Lockport, Ill.

Our family circle is broken,
A spirit has passed above,
Our hearts are full of sorrow,
For one we dearly love.
For God in His infinite wisdom,
Has taken our mother away,
Has taken the first of our family
To dwell in eternal day.

(Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, IA, June 22, 1911)


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