Ruth Ehrisman, 95, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, at First Presbyterian Church, Monticello, with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Pastor Emory Gillespie and Pastor Paul Skelley will officiate at the services. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, has been entrusted with Ruth's care and services.
Survivors include a niece, Marjorie (Steve) Shadwick, Marana, Ariz., six nephews, Dean (Penny) Ehrisman and Don (Cindy) Ehrisman, Gary (Julie) Ehrisman, Larry (Sue) Ehrisman, all of Monticello, Ronald (Deb) Ehrisman, Ocala, Fla., and Kenneth Ehrisman, Stark, Fla.; a niece-in-law, Joyce Ehrisman, Monticello; and her longtime friend, Regina Busch, Monticello.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Dorothy Ehrisman; and a nephew, Steven.
Ruth Christabell Ehrisman was born Oct. 2, 1922, in Wagner, S.D., the daughter of Christabell (Hiner) and Louis A. Ehrisman. Her mother, Christabell, died Nov. 2, 1922, at the age of 26 years, 10 months and eight days. Her father, Louis, married Harriett Lubben on Dec. 15, 1923, and the couple moved to Monticello. Ruth then attended Castle Grove No. 5 rural school and graduated from Monticello High School in 1940. She continued her education at Lenox College in Hopkinton and then American Institute of Commerce in Davenport. She lived with several families and did light housekeeping and child care. During the war years, she also worked at J.I. Case in the Quad Cities, building airplane wings. For 20 years, she worked at Nichols Wire and Aluminum in the Quad Cities as a payroll clerk. She returned to Monticello in 1965, after the death of her father and began working in the local flower shops. Ruth retired in 1981.
Ruth was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She also loved to travel and had been to Hawaii, Florida, Alaskan cruises, Oregon, Mexico, Mackinac Island, Door County, Wis., Branson, Mo., the Black Hills and the Great Southwest and Great Northwest.