Ruth Schmidt was born Feb. 17, 1919, at rural Madison, to Clarence & Josephine (Ryness) Schmidt. She graduated from Orland High School and obtained her teaching certificate from Eastern Normal School, Madison. She taught school at Moose and Tuynman Country Schools. Ruth married her high school sweetheart Craig Williams on Feb. 18, 1939, at Salem. They farmed in Orland and Franklin Townships before retiring to Madison in 1982.
Ruth was president and 50-year member of Lake County Extension, president and member of Franklin PTA, and member of Franklin Study Club and Hustling Housewives Extension Club. She was also a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Madison, where she served on the council, and was an officer and member of the ALCW for many years. Ruth loved playing cards, collecting dolls, and going to rummage sales. She considered her six children to be her greatest accomplishment.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Craig in 2006; two infant grandchildren; a great-grandson, Zachary Kischnick; a son-in-law, Les Anderson; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Williams; one sister, Clara Frye and two brothers, Ralph and Donald Schmidt.
Survivors include three sons, Ronald of Burton, MI, Darrold (Dianne) of Dell Rapids and Steven S. (Linda) of Madison; three daughters, Eleanor (James N.) Enga of Madison, Joan (Dennis) Degen of Hartford and Carol (Glenn) Cornell of Clark; 16 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; six step great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Fern (Lee) Anderson of Worthington, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
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