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Ruth Mcfarland

October 12th, 1932 - September 23rd, 2011

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Ruth McFarland, 78, of Earlham died Friday, September 23, 2011at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines.
A visitation with family present will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, September 26 at Ochiltree Funeral Service & Aftercare in Winterset. A private burial will be held in the Penn Center Cemetery. Memorials in her name may be directed to the family. On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.ochiltree.com.
Ruth was born in Greenfield on October 11, 1932, the daughter of Henry Evander and Ola Faith (Merrill) Patterson. She attended school in Weldon and later married James Walter McFarland in Weldon at the Methodist Church on September 2, 1951.
Ruth was a devoted wife and mother raising her children and supporting her husband all through her life. She loved genealogy, photography and was an excellent gardener both of vegetables and beautiful flowers.  Ruth loved fall, as autumn was her favorite time of year and she loved going on long rides through the country side and collecting anything cardinals. 
Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Jim of Earlham; her children, Cinda (David) Long of Creston; Jim (Oy) McFarland of Olympia, WA; Scott (Mary Lou) McFarland of Van Wert;  Jo (Rich) Runnells of Albia; Melissa (Doug) Jaeger of Lamoni; Patrick McFarland of Earlham; 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are her siblings, Robert (Evelyn) Patterson of Buffalo, MO; Mary Patterson-Case of Lamoni; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger (June) McFarland; David (Joy) McFarland; Linda Boord; Marie McFarland and Larry McFarland.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Doug, Don and Jack McFarland and a great-grandson, Charlie Hornback.

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Name Ruth Mcfarland
Date of Birth October 12th, 1932
Date of Death September 23rd, 2011
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Location 1823 North John Wayne Drive
Winterset IA 50273
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Debbie Patterson published condolence .

Jim and family, sorry I couldn't be there with you at this time. Ruth will be missed by all, but we have those sweet memories of her in our hearts. Love and hugs. Deb

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Pam Devine published condolence .

I'm a friend of Amanda's (grand daughter) and i just want to send my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. It sounds like Ruth was a great lady and will be missed very much by her family and friends. I know you'll be able to celebrate her life and will have a lot of wonderful memories. Take Care!! Pam

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Diana Barnett published condolence .

Sorry to hear about Ruth, It has been about six yrs. since we have seen the both of you. Praying for you Jim I know you have been together everyday for years. Thinking of all of you. db

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Bob Patterson published condolence .

We are so sorry we can't be with you at this time and give each of you a big hug. You are in our thoughts and Prayers. Bob and Evelyn

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Peggy (Hircock) Higgins published condolence .

jim, cinda and whole wonderful family.... you are beloved! i can see jim and ruth walking the sidewalk welcomed in by "mom" for a cup of coffee, a chat, and a chore for jim to conquer! =) you will always bring a smile to my heart. praying for loved ones to comfort, faith to uphold and loving memories to carry you through. i love you so much, peggy (hircock) higgins

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Carol Caldwell published condolence .

I will really miss her. I'm glad the kids got to know her. They told me they were sad for her.

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Mr/mrs Alan Outhouse published condolence .

Jim and children, we are so very sorry to hear of Ruth's passing, our Prayers and thoughts are with you. May you feel God's loving arms around you at this time. Alan and Anna

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Letha Nish published condolence .

Dearest Jim and family, when Mary called to tell us about Ruth, just could not believe it. Just feel so sad for all of you, you are in our prayers and thinking of you. Such a sweet friend she has been over all these years. Lots of good memories for all of us. love to all of you, Letha

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Mark Hornback published condolence .

Gramma Mac... Thanks for welcoming me into your family. These past five years have been wonderful as a "Mac"! You are missed so very much... Give Charlie big hugs and kisses from us. We will see you both soon enough!

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