Ruth M. Haw

Ruth M. Haw, 92, of Cresco and formerly of Sumner, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the Regional Health Services-Howard County in Cresco.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the United Methodist Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. Mike Christie officiating.  Interment will follow at Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 11th at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Tuesday. A  P.E.O.  prayer service will be held at the funeral home at 4:00 p.m. on Monday. Memorials may be given to the family for designation to a charity to be determined later.

Ruth Marie, daughter of Dr. James Milner and Zinita Dickman Murphy, was born May 20, 1923, at Sumner, Iowa. She was baptized December 25, 1923, and confirmed in 1933, at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Sumner. Ruth graduated from Sumner High School in 1940, attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette, and graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota. Upon graduation from nursing school, Ruth was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and possibly would have served overseas had the war not ended. She was employed at University Hospitals in Iowa City when she met Richard C. Haw, and the couple married June 8, 1950, at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Sumner. While Richard completed his D.D.S. at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Ruth continued as an employee at University Hospitals. Ruth and Dr. Haw have been residents of Sumner since 1955. Ruth has been an active member of the United Methodist Church in Sumner, P.E.O. and the O.E.S. Ruth volunteered her time in many organizations over the years, but her most treasured time was spent with her family.

In addition to her husband, Dr. Richard C. Haw of Cresco, formerly of Sumner, she is survived by two children, Becky (Mark) Bohle and Dr. Jeffrey (Shirlee) Haw, all of Cresco; grandchildren, Phillip Bohle, Meghan (Robert) Ringoen, Katelyn (Kyle) Lensch, Tim Haw, and Ashley Haw; one great grandson, Jameson Ringoen, one sister, Marian Topp of Harlingen, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Ruth was eagerly awaiting the addition of three great grandchildren this summer.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Dr. Robert Murphy. 


Julie Gordon on April 11, 2016 at 3:00 PM said:

I am retired from the Advancement Office at Upper Iowa University and for many years helped coordinate the annual Honors & Awards scholarship banquet. I so enjoyed corresponding with Ruth and Richard, as they not only supported Ruth's mother's endowed scholarship, but Ruth also presented the scholarship to the student at the banquet each year for many years. Ruth was proud to be a UIU alum and proud to support and present her mother's scholarship. I always looked forward to seeing them and visiting with them each year. Such wonderful people. My sincere sympathies to Dr. Haw and all of Ruth's family.
Jeff and Shirlee Haw on April 11, 2016 at 7:24 AM said:

End of a Journey beginning of a new normal
By Shirlee and Jeff Haw — Apr 7, 2016 1:07am
Ruth passed this evening at approximately 9:00p.m. holding the hand of the love of her life for 66 years. She had been surrounded by family all day, children, grandchildren all at her side. Numerous clergy, friends, and a caring staff visited, prayed and read scripture to her. She waited for the one time she could be alone with her love, to slip the bonds that held her body and pass to be with her Lord. The one thing that I would want all readers of this post to know, to digest to the fullest, to embrace and live to the fullest is the passage that I feel best sums up the life and legacy of my mother:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Please read these words and live these words in her honor and memory, but even more so .... because they are the words He has spoken!
These are the words and beliefs that she tried to instill in her family and all who knew her.
HENRIK AND PAT PETERSEN on April 11, 2016 at 7:21 AM said:

Arlie & Marcia Rieck on April 8, 2016 at 7:23 PM said:

Such a wonderful woman! We will miss her . Never missed a chance to tell us she cared. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless! Arlie & Marcia Rieck and family
Carol Mutschler on April 8, 2016 at 8:40 AM said:

Our Deepest Sympathy to Doctor Richard and all of Ruth's family. Ruth was a lovely lady who brought warmth to every room. I so enjoyed the times I had a chance to visit with her. Heaven has gained a wonderful, very special angel. She will be missed. Delmar & Carol Mutschler

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