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Ruth O. Yates

Ruth O. Yates
Ruth O. Yates
- September 2, 2017

Ruth O. Yates, 82, was promoted to paradise on August 28, 2017 at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, SD. 

A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at Kirk Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Black Hills National Cemetery at 1:30pm.

Ruth was born December 30, 1934, to Chris and Millie (Brammer) Sunderman at the family home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She attended school in Mt. Pleasant and Beal City, graduating from Beal City High School in 1953.

On May 9, 1955, she was united in marriage to Gene R. Yates. They had one daughter, Cathy. Ruth and her family lived in a variety of locations including, Lansing, MI, Houston, TX, Hickman, KY, Nashville, TN, Union City, TN, Warner Robins, GA, and Rapid City, SD. In 1983 Ruth & Gene took on ranching in the Piedmont, SD area where she lived until 2013, when her chronic medical conditions required additional care.

Ruth developed a strong work ethic early in life with the daily demands of growing up on a farm.  This farm life led to a life-long love of all animals, especially dogs.  As she entered the work force, she enjoyed jobs at both K-Mart and JCPenney.  She also took pleasure in serving in the VFW Post 1273 Auxiliary.

Ruth loved to be outside and enjoyed filling her days with ranching chores, raising bottle calves, working in her yard and taking daily walks. Time indoors was filled with arts and crafts, jigsaw puzzles, and watching nature through the windows. She especially enjoyed traveling with family to many destinations including, Fairhope, AL, Las Vegas, NV, Branson, MO, Clearwater, FL, all of New England, and back to Michigan to visit friends and family.

While she loved all of this, her top priority was her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Grateful for having shared Ruth’s life is her husband of 62 years, Gene Yates; daughter, Cathy (Bill) Cole; granddaughters, Carmen (Vince) Comer and Lacey (Justin) Weiss; great-grandchildren, Gatlin and Jarett Comer and Paige Weiss.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, Chris & Millie Sunderman; sister, Virginia Leinweber; brothers, Jimmy, Burt, Lee, and Bob Sunderman.



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