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  Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, December 27, 2000, Page 10

OBITUARY ~ RUTH ANN (WARD) MONAGHAN
January 10, 1931 ~ December 18, 2007

Ruth Ann (Ward) Monaghan entered into this world in Wiota, Iowa, the second daughter of Merle Lucille and Ardis Leon Ward, on January 10, 1931. She joined sibling sister, Roxie, and was later joined by one sister and five brothers, one child every two years until the Ward nest brimmed full at eight children. The family resided in Lorah, Conway, Beford and Delphos before settling in Mount Ayr in 1947.

Ruth graduated from Mount Ayr Community high school in 1948. Her years of youth were spent with family and friends working together with meager resources to make ends meet. Roller skating and dancing were her recreations of choice.

Ruth was married to Bob Monaghan May 16, 1953 in Mount Ayr. Five children blessed this union, twin boys Mike and Pat, Kelly, Casey and daughter Katie. Ruth was divorced in 1967 and spent most of her life living in Mount Ayr raising her children with the support of her family.

Ruth worked various jobs throughout her life such as grocery clerk at the United, custom ironing and washing ans nurse's aid. In 1975 Ruth completed her training as SWCC for LPN and began her nursing career. She worked in the nursing field at Sunny Slope Care Facility, Mount Ayr Health Care Center and Clearview Nursing Home unil 1985 when she suffered a stroke at age 55, disabling her.

Ruth lived, independently, at the Polk Villa community development from 1987 until 2003. Many friendships wer cultivated there. She entered Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr as a resident in 2003. Many more relationships grew as she carved out a special niche in the hearts of everyone there. Ruth sufferd from COPD, diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic bowl obstruction and lung cancer. She maintained the last several years of her life on oxygen full-time but never let her weakness affect the fullness of her life. She attended family activities and sports events whenever she could and was a faithful and proud fan of all her grand and great-grandchildren. Ruth was a member of the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Mount Ayr.

Hospice joined the care team for Ruth in November 2006 after a particularly grave illness took her into its grasp. After a remarkable recovery period Hospice continued to provide invaluable attention to her needs until her death December 18, 2007. Ruth passed on peacefully surrounded by family and friends at the Ringgold County Hospital after a week-long battle with pneumonia.

Ruth was preceded in death by son, Casey; parents, Merle and Ardis Ward; brothers, Robert (Boze), Bill, Tom and Dennis; sister-in-law, Dee Ward and brother-in-law, Doyle Trullinger.

Surviving are her children, Mike Monaghan of Des Moines, Iowa, Pat and Charlene Monaghan of Des Moines, Iowa, Kelly Monaghan of Creston, Iowa and Katie and Ronch Still of Mount Ayr, Iowa; sisters, Roxie Trullinger and Jessie and Carl Woollums, all of Mount Ayr, Iowa; brother, Jim and Joyce Ward of Maryville, Missouri; grandchildren, Jesse, Cassie, and Jacob Still of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Jamie and Chad Holmes and Nicole and Josh Supinger, all of Kellerton, Iowa; seven great-grandchildren, Tristian, Darrian and Kaiden Holmes and Robbie, Scout, Rhianna and Chaddlan Supinger, all of Kellerton, Iowa; aunt, Mildred Cannon of Mount Ayr, Iowa; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ruth will be missed as a mother, sister, friend, neighbor, patient and confidant. For many, weak as she was in body, "She was our Rock."

Funeral mass was conducted at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Mount Ayr on December 21, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. with Father John Harmon officiating. Musicians were Peggy Worthington, Mary Davenport and Margaret Bickers. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Casket bearers were Wayne Ward, Kevin Trullinger, Chad Holmes, Gregg Cannon, Randy Ward and Robert Ward.

Honorary pallbearers were Steve Trullinger, Josh Supinger, John Trullinger and Bob Jones.

Ruth was laid at rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2015

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