Obituary for Ruth D. Johnson

It was a happy memorable day when Ed and Cora Dybvig welcomed their first born, Ruth, on May 30th 1932. The first few years of Ruth’s life were spent in Cherrydale, Virginia but soon the family moved to Dayton, Ohio. There Ruth spent much of her time, active in a variety of First Lutheran church activities along with the challenges of Fairview High School from which she graduated. Being from the midwest both parents and family connections influenced Ruth to attend St. Olaf College. It was there in a freshman chemistry class that she met her husband to be, Curtis. […]

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It was a happy memorable day when Ed and Cora Dybvig welcomed their first born, Ruth, on May 30th 1932. The first few years of Ruth’s life were spent in Cherrydale, Virginia but soon the family moved to Dayton, Ohio. There Ruth spent much of her time, active in a variety of First Lutheran church activities along with the challenges of Fairview High School from which she graduated.

Being from the midwest both parents and family connections influenced Ruth to attend St. Olaf College. It was there in a freshman chemistry class that she met her husband to be, Curtis. Her interests in home economics was rivaled by the draw of gardening as she envied the workers in the gardens around the campus. Her education there lasted but two years when she and Curtis decided to make their loving relationship into a permanent bond with the second wedding at Boe Chapel. When her husband, now at the seminary, was required to go on internship they were persuaded to go to Nome, Alaska, where they were to do the groundwork for a Lutheran Church for the native peoples of the area.

It was in Nome that their first son, Carl was born. The experience there influenced the rest of their lives. Finishing the Seminary required that they move back to St. Paul where their second son, Philip was born. In the meantime Ruth completed her classes for graduation at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, transferred her credits back and graduated from St. Olaf with two children.

Following her husband into the Air Force Chaplaincy, Ruth spent time in Altus, Oklahoma where son Daniel was born, then to Del Rio, Texas and lastly, courtesy of the Air Force to Newfoundland where daughter Becky was born. Returning to Minneapolis, son Curtis Jr. was born. The challenge of raising five children in a loving home did not keep Ruth from pursuing her interest in teaching. Soon she was doing home visitation for the Minneapolis Public Schools and then teaching junior high home economics in the inner city.

In later years, her sensitivity to the many needs of people led her into a variety of caring activities. She started three different quilting groups in support of Lutheran World Relief and two Parent Support Groups for the families of the mentally ill. While living in Bayfield, Wisconsin she served on the Bayfield County Human Services Board and the Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities. In her spare time she managed a gift shop, grew flowers for drying, made beautiful arrangements and helped with fruit and vegetable production on their farm. To say that gardening was her passion is an understatement. She never saw a weed that she did not want to pull. Always active, she often tried to do two things at one time, usually to help someone.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Cora Dybvig, sister Helen Dybvig and son Philip. She is survived by husband, Curtis, sons Carl, Daniel (Shirley), Curtis Jr (Lisa) and daughter Rebecca (Robert); grandchildren Rachel, John, Ben, Sam and Grace; brother Lee Dybvig (Dorothy), sister Mary Harris (Bill) and brother-in-law Douglas Dybvig.

Ruth joined the company of the saints who have completed their work when she died at the Northfield Care Center on November 17, 2018 with family members embracing her with a loving final goodbye. A celebration of her life will take place at Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield on November 30th at 11:00 AM with family visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorials are encouraged to the Parkinson’s Foundation or a charity of the donors choice.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

November 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Bethel Lutheran Church
1321 North Avenue Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

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