Ruth E. Mart, 93, of Vermillion, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Sanford Vermillion Care Center.
Ruth Nelson was born Dec. 18, 1918 in Irene, to Lawrence and Mathilda (Mikkelson) Nelson. She attended school in Irene and Centerville, and married Harold A. Mart on Feb. 27, 1937 in Yankton.
Ruth was very much a Christian lady and operated her own wall paper hanging and interior decorating business for many years in the Wakonda, Irene and Vermillion area. Harold and Ruth farmed in the Pleasant Valley Township until Harold passed away in 1991.
Her joy was her friends, family and grandchildren. She liked to play cards and was a member of the Sew and Chat Club for over 50 years. Ruth was a good neighbor, was always kind to people and had a gentle spirit.
Ruth is survived by her son, Larry (Rose) Mart, and daughter, Maryln (John) Harnois, all of Vermillion; two sisters, Phyllis Boom of Centerville and Betty (Eldon) Hasche of Sioux Falls; a brother-in-law, Ralph "Ras" Peterson of Viborg; 11 grandchildren, Rick, Jody, Karla, John, Tom, Jeff, Karen, Deb, Doug, Dan and Kathy; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Ralph and Leonard; and six sisters, Amanda, Edith, Lottie, Marjorie, Jean and Nora; and a granddaughter.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion with burial to follow the reception in the St. Patrick's Cemetery in rural Wakonda. Visitation began at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church. hansenfuneralhome.com