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Ruth Elizabeth Hutchinson, age 81, of Lovilia, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at her home in Lovilia. Ruth was born on December 13, 1935, to William "Bill" and Jessie (Bettis) De Tar in Albia, Iowa. She grew up and graduated from the Albia High School with the Class of 1953. On October 30, 1954 she was united in marriage to Wiley Hutchinson. To this union two children were born, David and Debra. Ruth and Wiley shared 62 years of marriage together. Ruth was a homemaker her entire life. She also traveled with Wiley and helped with the planning, arranging and hosting of square dancing events in the Midwest from Iowa to Texas. They did this for over 30 years and enjoyed traveling through the different states. She also enjoyed sewing, cooking, and working in her flower garden. Her real joy in life was spending time with her family and friends. Ruth is survived by her Husband, Wiley of Lovilia; her children, David (Melinda) Hutchinson of Lovilia and Debra (Cory) House of Ottumwa; nine grandchildren, Dustin (Karrie) Hutchinson, Ken Hutchinson, Jess (Alana) Hutchinson, Austin Hutchinson (Sarah Kahler) , Tyler Crall (Jessica Brady), Josie (Brock) Davis, Cody House, Kaylee House and Makenna House; 6 great grandchildren and a brother, Vernon (Becky) De Tar. Ruth is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Jessie. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Pastor Roger Henry officiating. Burial will follow the service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Ruth's family present to greet friends and family from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. An open memorial has been established in Ruth's name to be determined at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.
Published on February 17, 2017
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