Ruth Anderson

December 30, 2011

Funeral services for Ruth Anderson, age 112 of Mar­shall, formerly of Balaton and Ruthton, were Tues­day, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. at Sil­lerud Lutheran Church, ru­ral Balaton. Visitation was Monday from 4-7 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the church. Burial was in the Sillerud Cemetery.

Ruth died Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler provided the arrangements. On-line registry and condolences may be found at www.

Ruth Elizabeth Anderson was born to Carl Gustaf and Mary (Bergstrom) Peter­son on July 24, 1899 on the family farm in Ellsborough Township,Murray County, one of a set of twins. Her brother Abel died when he was 13 months old. She was baptized and con­firmed atSillerudLuther­anChurchin rural Bala­ton. She attended country school District 45 through seventh grade and gradu­ated from Balaton eighth grade at a time when there was no high school. She continued her education at the Mankato School of Business and worked various jobs inMinneapo­lisuntil she was needed at home to be a caregiver to her aging parents and help her brothers on the farm. Following the death of Clara Youngquist, Ruth helped raise her niece, Hel­en Youngquist (Schmidt). Ruth married George An­derson in 1959 atSillerudLutheranChurchafter the death of George’s first wife and Ruth’s sister, Edith. The couple farmed near Ruthton. In 1998 Ruth moved to Boulder Estates inMarshall. George died in January of 2000. Ruth lived in her home at Boul­der Estates until she en­teredMorningsideHeightsCareCenterinMarshallin 2005. She died there Tues­day, Dec. 20 at the age of 112 years, four months and 26 days. Ruth was the world’s oldest surviv­ing twin, oldest person inMinnesota, ninth oldest in theUnited Statesand 23rd oldest in the world at the time of her death and was in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Ruth was a lifetime member ofSillerudLu­theranChurchin rural Balaton. She was active in the life of the congregation serving as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, La­dies Aid and quilting. She enjoyed gardening, quilt­ing, playing Scrabble and was an excellent baker. Faith and family were es­pecially important to her and she was always known as a caregiver.

Ruth is lovingly remem­bered by her stepsons: Philip (and Joyce) An­derson of Ruthton, Paul (and Marilyn) Anderson of Moorhead, Carl (and MaryAnn) Anderson of Mount Prospect, Ill., and Daniel (and Bev) Anderson of Balaton; 17 step-grand­children, 40 step-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband George; par­ents; siblings: Arthur Pe­terson, Clara Youngquist, Abel Peterson, Emil Pe­terson, Edith Anderson, Harold Peterson and Fred Peterson. Blessed be her memory!