A private family service was held for Ruth Stand, of Alexandria, formerly of Morris, on Friday, June 19, 2020. Burial was in Kongsvinger Lutheran Cemetery, rural Donnelly. To view the service on the Pedersen Funeral Home website, scroll to the bottom of Ruth’s page and click the link.

Ruth was born on March 4, 1916, in Stevens County, to George and Laura Jergenson, one of 11 children, baptized at Kongsvinger Lutheran Church in rural Donnelly and confirmed there on Oct. 26, 1930.

She was united in marriage to Stanley Strand, of rural Donnelly, on Aug. 29, 1937, in Sisseton, S.D., by the Rev. Leif Evans. Stanley and Ruth were blessed with seven children, Darrell Stanley, David Merle, Carole Lynn, Kathleen Ruth, Mary Lois, Sidney George and Stewart John.

Ruth attended District 56 country school and graduated from Morris High School in 1933. The following year she attended St. Cloud Teachers’ College. Because of the Depression, the college offered a one year of study, including six weeks of practice teaching, for a Minnesota state elementary teaching certification.

She taught school for two years in District 61, Meeker County, and one-half year in District 67, Stevens County. She returned to teaching elementary school from 1961 to 1965 in Farwell after earning credits at St. Cloud State in order to be state certified. In 1966-67 Ruth worked with children who had special needs, did substitute teaching, and taught kindergarten in Kensington.

Stanley and Ruth lived in Chokio from 1937 to 1941, farmed in Upsala from 1941 to 1946, and then moved to Kensington where they farmed and raised their family from 1947 to 1978. After retiring, they spent the winters of 1978-1981 in Florida. In 1981 they moved to Morris where Stanley passed away on Aug. 23, 1995. Ruth continued to live in their home until age 98½, and in 2014 moved to her own apartment at West Central Homes in Morris where she celebrated her 100th birthday on March 4, 2016. In July of 2016 she moved to Edgewood Vista assisted living in Alexandria.

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