August 14, 2008

(11/2/1935 - 8/9/2008)

Ruth Marlene Dale, 72, of Memphis died Saturday, August 9, 2008 at Westbrook Acres in Gladbrook, Iowa.

She was born November 2, 1935 in LaFayette County, Missouri to Roy and Frieda Meyer Falk.

She graduated from Sweet Springs High School and also St. John's Lutheran College in Winfield, Kansas where she received her degree in Elementary Education.

Ruth married Martin E. "Bud" Dale on December 17, 1960. To this union four sons were born. Ruth was a Certified Nurses Aid and worked for many years at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital.

She was active in the Red Hat Society, Moving On Group, and Lutheran Church Aid Association. She was a member of and active for many years in the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Memphis. Ruth also served as a volunteer for many area organizations including the Downing House Museum, Scotland County Senior Citizens Nutrition Site and Scotland County Clothes Closet. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, hummingbirds, and especially spending time with her family.

Survivors include her sons; Rodney Dale of Kirksville, Missouri, Bryan Dale and his wife, Bradi, of Morning Sun, Iowa, John Dale and his wife, Kris, of Morning Sun, Iowa, and Todd Dale and his wife, Sandra, of Gladbrook, Iowa. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren: Michael Hamblin, Zachary Dale, Elizabeth Dale, Kayla Dale, Jamie Dale, Joshua Dale, John Dale, Jr., Adam Dubois, Taylor Dubois, Rylinn Dale and Kasia Dale.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Martin.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Memphis with Pastor Mark Appold officiating. Music was provided by Crystal Cotton and Shirley McKamie.

Burial followed in Memphis Cemetery. Casket bearers were Michael Hamblin, Joshua Dale, John Dale, Jr., Adam Dubois, Dr. Randy Tobler and Scott Wickert.

Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to Ruth's family at

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.



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