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“Brenda, So sorry to read of your mom's passing. May the memoires you have help in the weeks & months ahead. Sending love & sympathy. ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: Donna Webb - Greensboro, NC

“Was sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Teresa Scieszinski - Ankeny, IA

“With deepest sympathy we express to you and all your family. Ruth was an inspiration to many and such a delightful person to be around. She treated...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Mike and Peggy Murphy - Marion, IA

“So sorry---this lady was certainly one of a kind! I know you will miss her terribly but her suffering is over. She was always so pleasant...I...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Kate Brock - Albia, IA - Friend

“My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Your family and ours go back many years and I always found you and Ruth to be some of the...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Dean Kness - Albia, IA

“Brenda,Rhonda and Jerry. So sorry to heat about Ruth ' s passing. She was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with toy all at this...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Becky Seeley - Sigourney, IA

“Rhonda - I am keeping you and your whole family in my prayers. I so wish I could be there at your Mom's services to help you celebrate her wonderful...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Katie Wainwright - IA - Friend

“Sending love and prayers to comfort your entire family. Ruth ' s smile will be missed by all who knew her. A very devoted and loving wife, mother,...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Rhonda J Kness - Albia, IA

“Jerry, Rhonda, Brenda and families,We just learned of Ruth's passing. We are so very sorry for your loss. Ruth was such a sweet, kind woman who will...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Tom and Patty Hannam - Albia, IA

“This just breaks my heart. Your Mom and Dad have been through so much and both worked so hard to win their health battles...it's just so very sad for...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Debi Reed - Albia, IA - friend

“Brenda and family I wanted to express my condolences. I thought your mom was so kind and sweet. God bless her and you all. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Debbie Wolfer - Albia, IA

“just received word of your mother's passing. may God speed and bless her soul. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Andy Simmons - Fulton, IL

“Our heartfelt sympathy is with you Jerry, Rhonda and Brenda at this sad time. Ruth was our classmate and special friend at CHS. We had many good...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Connie & Don Retherford - IA

“Rhonda and Kerry, Ruth was a warm and gentle woman who will be missed by all who knew her. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Joanne Larsen

“Rhonda, Brenda and Jerry,So sorry to hear about Ruth. She was a wonderful lady who loved her family.You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Marty & Mary Ann Baker - IA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You all have your wonderful memories of this very special lady. Always had a amile and always anxious to...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Don and Mary Carr - Urbzndale, IA

“I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Ruth! Know that I am holding you all close at this time. Mary. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Stierwalt - Chariton, IA

“Jerry, Rhonda, & Brenda. We are so sorry for your loss. Such a wonderful happy lady always wearing a big smile. The picture you posted is sure how we...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Tina Mosbey - Hedrick, IA - Aunt

“Jerry, Rhonda, Brenda we are so sorry for your loss. Ruth was a very special lady. We have been friends sense Jerry and Larry was going to Army...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Larry & Phyllis Whitson - Albia, IA


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Ruth Arlene Mosbey, age 81, of Albia passed away Friday, March 13, 2015, at her home in Albia surrounded by her loving family.

Ruth was born July 26, 1933, in Lucas County to Ray and Nina (Conner) Nickelson. She attended school in Chariton, graduating with the class of 1952. She married Jerry Mosbey on April 26, 1954, at the First Christian Church Parsonage in Albia. To this union, two daughters were born, Rhonda Rae and Brenda Lee. In April, Ruth and Jerry would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.

Ruth's occupational experiences included working for a law firm, insurance companies and as a telephone operator. In 1959 she left the work force to begin her family, later to return part time as a bookkeeper and church secretary. Blessed with grandchildren, Ruth decided to give up working outside of the home to be a grandmother.

Ruth was a member of the First Christian Church and Christian Women's Fellowship. As a young mother she found time to volunteer with the March of Dimes, assisting with the implementation of Head Start and helping with the Lincoln Center Bond Issue; always looking out for the best interest of children. Ruth enjoyed helping Jerry with his woodworking, traveling, cooking and baking. She was a very talented seamstress and embroiderer. Ruth also loved attending the extracurricular activities of her daughters, grandchildren and eventually her great-grandchildren. She was their number one fan.

Christmas was her favorite time of year. She delighted in her Christmas Bingo game, where you could win prizes ranging from her famous bread and butter pickles to socks. She beamed as she called out numbers and watched her grandchildren. They were her real joy in life. Ruth delighted in teaching life lessons and continued to be a role model for her family as she battled cancer with dignity.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Jerry, of Albia; two daughters, Rhonda Rae (Kerry) Kness of Norwalk and Brenda (Jim) Wynn of Albia; six grandchildren, Brynn (Colin) Eveland, Jordan Kness, Greg (Sara) Wynn, Sarah (Sean) Hollonbeck, Carrie Wynn, and Kevin Wynn; five great-grandchildren, Jace Leasure, Koltin and Maximus Wynn, Daphne Hollonbeck, and Kemper Eveland; four sister-in-laws, Gail Nickelson, Bonnie Hunt, Pat Mosbey, and Sandra Mosbey; and two brother-in-laws, Bill and Ben Mosbey. Ruth is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Ray and Nina; two brothers, Lyle and Keith; a sister-in-law, Donna; and a brother-in-law, Alfred Hunt.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the First Christian Church in Albia, with Pastor Lynda Carlson officiating. Burial will follow services in Oak View Cemetery in Albia.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Ruth's family present from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

An open memorial has been established in Ruth's name.