Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, February 24, 2011
OBITUARY - RUTH B. (BLANCHARD) KNUDSON
1916 ~ February 17, 2011
Ruth B. KNUDSON, formerly of Albion, Iowa, died February 17, 2011 at Bartel's Lutheran Retirement Community in
Waverly, Iowa, at the age of 95. In 2010, she had resided at Clearview Estates in Mount Ayr for six months.
the family's tradition, she donated her body to the University of Iowa Medical School. Memorial services were held
Wednesday at the Albion United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in her name to the
Albion Municipal Library.
The daughter of Frank and May (LESAN) BLANCHARD, Ruth was married for more than 61 years to John KNUDSON of
Marshalltown, Iowa. She taught high school English and journalism in Rock Island and Evergreen Park, IL, and
several schools in Iowa, including Creston, and published two books on LESAN family history.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter, Dr. Stephen KNUDSON of Dayton, Ohio, Tom KNUDSON of Tampa, Florida
and Mary (Mrs. Alan) DOOLEY of rural Albion, Iowa; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren,
and four step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a granddaughter.
Mitchell Family Funeral Home of Marshalltown was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2011
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