October 28, 2021

Ruth Ellis


Marilyn Ruth Ellis, daughter of John Orville Goodwin and Eula Carolyn (Ashby) Goodwin was born August 2, 1942 in Osceola, Iowa and went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 22, 2021 at 79 years of age.

Ruth received her education at Mormon Trail High School graduating in 1960 and later attended the American Institute of Business.

She was united in marriage to Marvin Dean Ellis, Jr. on June 23, 1962 at the LeRoy Church and the Lord blessed this union of 59 years with three children, Douglas, Robert, and Teresa.

Ruth and Marvin have spent their lifetime working together on their farm in Weldon, raising their two kids, and taking care of their animals and the land, all of which she truly loved. She enjoyed singing, gardening, bird watching, but her true love was serving her Lord and her daily devotions from the Bible. Ruth was a devoted member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osceola where she had been a member for 49 years. She genuinely loved people and gladly served her Lord and the needs of others, regardless of who they were or how well she knew them. As a farm wife, Ruth’s work was never done whether it was feeding the cattle, serving as a mid-wife to each sow as they had their piglets, or working in the fields. She would then come in to her home to cook, clean and take care of her family. Ruth never complained and always did her work joyfully. She loved her children immensely and never missed a chance to encourage them and teach them in the ways of the Lord.

Those relatives who preceded Ruth in death were her parents, John and Eula Goodwin; son, Douglas D. Ellis; father- and mother-in-law, Marvin and Wilma Ellis; and brother-in-law Ronald Jacobs.

Ruth leaves to cherish her memory: husband, Marvin D. Ellis, Jr. of Weldon, IA; son, Robert J. Ellis and wife Becca of San Antonio, TX; daughter, Teresa M. Sabanty and husband Steve of St. Charles, IL; granddaughter, Demitria M. Sabanty of Minneapolis, MN; brother, John O. Goodwin and wife Shirley of Ankeny, IA; sister, Nancy Jacobs of Ft. Worth, TX; sisters-in-law, Erma Fight and husband Larry, and Eva Davison of Davenport, IA; brother-in-law, Robert Ellis and wife Patty of Star Prairie, WI; nieces, Lila Santoro of Ft. Worth, TX; Debbie Smith and husband Tim of Walcott, IA; Diane Fight of Davenport, IA; and Laurie Klein of Star Prairie, WI; nephew, David Ellis and wife Dawn of Westminster, CO; as well as other relatives and many special friends.

Services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Monday September 27, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Daryl Thompkins officiating.

The family will greet friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, September 27, 2021 at Kale Funeral Home.

A live stream of the service will be available at www.kalefuneralhome.com on Ruth’s tribute wall beginning at 10:30 a.m., Monday.

Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery

Memorial contributions may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church 101 East View Place, Osceola, IA 50213

Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.kalefuneralhome.com