Ruth Gunderson, 86, of Glenwood, died on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at her home under the care of hospice.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 20, at the First Baptist Church in Glenwood with Pastor Andy Lewis officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service starting at 9:30 a.m. and will go until the time of the service. Inurnment will be at a later date in Solem Lutheran Cemetery in Kensington. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.
Ruth Gertrude Perkins was born on July 20, 1931, in Superior, Iowa, to Robert Ellsworth and Gertrude (Yule) Perkins. She attended school in Milford and Superior, Iowa, graduating from Superior. She attended Estherville Junior College (now Iowa Lakes Community College). On Nov. 5, 1950, she married G.E. “Ben” Doughty in Estherville, Iowa. They had six children.
Ruth worked at J.C. Penney before becoming a nursing home administrator. She took the state and national nursing home administrator’s examinations the first year they were offered. She served as administrator at Winthrop Care Center from 1970 until moving to Glenwood in 1972, then Hoffman Care Center from 1972-1978. She was administrator of Lakeview Care Center from 1978 until she retired in May 1996. These homes are all part of the Good Samaritan Society now. Ruth was the first woman to attend and then join the Glenwood Rotary. She served on the boards of Minnewaska Golf Course, the Glenwood City Council and Lakeview Good Samaritan Center. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Glenwood and was treasurer or assistant treasurer for 22 years.
Ruth married Byron Gunderson on March 10, 1979. They did much traveling, visiting all but five of the United States, also England, Norway and Sweden, and visiting Portugal with her son, Craig. Byron and Ruth spent 15 winters in McAllen, Texas.
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