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Ruth A. Hovinga 1930-2016

November 22, 2016
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Ruth Hovinga of Emmetsburg was held Saturday, Nov. 19, at Grace Baptist Church in Emmetsburg.

Burial was in Rush Lake Cemetery, Curlew. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Ann Hovinga, daughter of Guy F. and Ethel R. (Sutherland) Williams, was born June 4, 1930 in Sioux Rapids. She attended country school before going to school in Webb and Mallard, graduating from Mallard High School in 1950.

Ruth farmed near Mallard and Curlew while raising her five children. Ruth was a member of the Church of the Brethren where she served as a trustee and belonged to ladies' aid. After its closing, Ruth and the family joined the First Baptist Church in Curlew. First Baptist Church closed, and she became a member of Grace Baptist Church in Emmetsburg where her former church (First Baptist) was moved.

Ruth enjoyed farming, trucking and going on tractor rides. Playing basketball in high school, Ruth developed a passion for both playing and watching all kinds of sports. She loved to go to her grandchildren's various activities, and she treasured the time spent with family and friends.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, Ruth passed away at the Spencer Hospital at the age of 86. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Elizabeth Verner, and a brother, Burness G. Williams and brothers-in-law: Vern Van Kleek and Paul Verner.

She is survived by her children: Jerry Hovinga (Lisa) of Emmetsburg, Judie Hovinga (Joseph Joynt) of Payson, AZ, Joyce Lewis (Scott Henderson) of Pocahontas, Roger Hovinga of Emmetsburg and Jane Butler of Laurens; sister, Mazy Van Kleek of Spencer; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Christopher Lewis (Kacie) and their daughter, Addalyn, Nathan Hovinga (Kaycee Pettit) and their daughters: Jozee and Kaylee, Dakota Laidig (Brandon) and their son, Levi, Annie Butler and Bradley Butler; sister-in-law, Iva (Ivy) Williams of Ruthven and many other relatives and friends.

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