The Quad-Cities Leader
January 7, 2000
OBITUARY - RUTH FULLER
Ruth M. FULLER, 100, a resident of Ridgecrest Retirement Village, Davenport, and a former longtime resident of
Centerville, Iowa, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.
Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the John Koning Chapel at
Ridgecrest Village. Burial will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oakland Cemetery, Centerville.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home. The family invites you to join them for a
7 p.m. prayer service Tuesday at the funeral home.
Ruth Mildred BEARD was born April 6, 1907, in Mount Ayr, Iowa, a daughter of Henry Clay and Anna Caletta (DUNCAN) BEARD.
She was united in marriage to Bernard Aloysius "Barney" FULLER Jr. Aug. 11, 1928, in Iowa City, Iowa. He preceded her in death
December 31, 1997.
Ruth attended the University of Iowa, Iowa City, which is where she met her future husband, Barney. She was the
bookkeeper as well as a partner with her husband in their business established in 1946, Fuller Manufacturing Company of
Centerville; they retired to Florida in 1976 where they lived several years in North Fort Meyers.
Her local memberships include St. Anthony's Catholic Church; PEO KU and T.T.T. B.V. In Centerville she had been a very
active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, PEO and T.T.T. She and her husband also had been active in numerous civic
affairs in Centerville. She was a member of the Catholic Women's League and the National Council of Catholic Women since
1928. Ruth was privileged to receive Papal Honors when she was presented the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for
distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church.
She was a lifelong Democrat and was a member of the 1944 Democratic National Convention Delegation Committee to nominate
Ruth was an adventurous woman, she was the first woman pilot of Appanoose County, Iowa, and during World War II she
served as a Sergeant in the Civil Air Patrol.
She was a lifelong sports fan, and in early years she was quite an athlete herself. She and Barney were very generous
supporters and fans of the University of Iowa. They always enjoyed following their beloved Hawkeyes in various sporting
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Anthony's Care and Share Program, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Centerville or
the Ridgecrest Foundation.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Peg and Dr. Alan HATHAWAY, Davenport; grandchildren and their spouses, Gregg
and Kathy HATHAWAY, Jeff and Margaret HATHAWAY, Chuck and Nancy HATHAWAY, Ted and Carol HATHAWAY, Anne and Terry McATEE,
Tony and JoEllen HATHAWAY, Kris HOFFMAN, Mark and Sandy HOFFMAN, Mike and Michelle HOFFMAN, Rick HOFFMAN, Steve and Gwyn
HOFFMAN and Kathy and Paul ELLIS; 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. In addition to her husband, a
daughter and son-in-law, Joan and William HOFFMAN, a brother, John BEARD and a sister, Margaret BEARD DALBEY, also
preceded her in death. May they rest in peace.
On-line remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Mrs. FULLER's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com
NOTE: Ruth's biography is included with Ringgold County
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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