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Ruth Noel Ernst Nelson
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1912
Fillmore County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jul. 4, 2007
Lancaster County
Nebraska, USA

Ruth E. Nelson, the daughter of John and Mary (Sutter) Noel, was born April 3, 1912 on a farm near Strang, Nebraska. She joined her older sister, Pauline, brother Henry along with adopted sister Elma to make the Noel family complete. She was named Emma after her father's mother but she chose her name to be Ruth E. She departed life on this earth at The Landing in Lincoln, Nebraska to join her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at the age of 95 yeas, 3 months and day.

Ruth's father was born in France. He spoke several different languages. Prior to coming to the United States, he had been a goose herder. When he migrated to the United States, he borrowed $30 to cover the cost of coming over on a freighter. Freighters usually hauled about two to three hundred people crammed on the lower level-half of the lower level housed the men and the other half housed the women. The men shared one bathroom and the women shared the other. Their cot became their bedroom, dining room and dressing room as there was no space to roam around. It took her father several years to pay back this loan of $30. After arriving in this country, her father was a farmer and also worked as a secretary for country telephones. Because Ruth was such a great writer, he used to dictate the minutes of meetings and she would write them up for him.

Ruth's mother Mary had only a third grade education. Mary's mother died when Mary was very young so Mary had to stay home from school to take care of her siblings. She was a very hard worker and learned to sew, cook and be a housekeeper at a very young age.

Ruth attended a country school near Strang for 8 years. She loved school. When she took the eighth grade examination, she scored a 99% which was the second highest in the state of Nebraska. Ruth wanted to go to high school but her father needed her at home. The high school teacher tried to convince her father to let her attend, but to no avail. While in school, her favorite game was playing baseball with the boys. Because Ruth and Elma were so close to the same age, they grew up to enjoy doing things together. They loved to play with paper dolls, which they cut out of catalogs. They had to sleep in the same bed at night to keep warm because there was no heat in their bedroom, only the quilts and comforters that her mother had made. They used to wrap a heated flat iron in a towel and place it near their feet to keep warm. Ruth hired out to different families after she got out of school. She was baptized at the age of 14 in the Salem Mennonite Church near Shickley, Nebraska.

She was united in marriage on February 26, 1931 to William Ernst at Salem Mennonite Church. Ruth's sister made her wedding dress. Her attendants were William's sister Lena Ernst and William's cousin Katie Lichti. Both attendants wore light green frocks. After the ceremony, a delicious supper was served at the home of her parents with 104 guests attending. On April 1st of that year, Ruth and Bill moved to a farm northwest of Carleton where Bill continued to farm. They faced many hard times together. There was the drought and the grasshoppers. The grasshoppers came in clouds and ate everything in sight. They were so poor that Bill got a job with REA walking across the state of Nebraska making sure the light poles were straight. Ruth stayed home taking care of the livestock and the farm. Later they moved to a farm 6 miles northwest of Shickley where their daughter Velora was born. They lived there until the spring of 1940 when they moved to a farm north of Deshler, Nebraska where their son Ronald was born. Bill was a very good farmer and raised cows, pigs and chickens. He found out in 1952 that he had lung cancer. Bill's brother Willard left his job and he and Joan came to live with Ruth and Bill where he helped with the chores and the farming. Joan gave Bill shots to help with the pain. Bill departed this world on May 14, 1952. A short time later, Ruth had a farm sale and bought a little house in Deshler. She found employment at the Deshler broom factory where she stitched whisk brooms. Velora had graduated and moved to Lincoln to work. After a few years of working at the broom factory, Ruth decided that she and Ronnie would also move to Lincoln to be near Velora.

Ruth bought a house in Lincoln and got a job at a Safeway store where she worked until shortly before Safeway Stores closed down in Lincoln. She then worked at Miller and Paine in the blouse and sportswear departments. While working there, she became friends with a Mrs. Nelson who also worked there. Then they discovered that they lived only a couple of blocks apart. It was then that Ervin Nelson took his wife and Ruth to work everyday on his way to work as a mailman at the University of Nebraska that they all became friends. Mrs. Nelson became quite ill and eventually she too passed away. Ervin and Ruth remained friends and on January 16, 1969, they married. Ruth enjoyed traveling and went on a lot of bus trips. Ruth continued working at Miller and Paine's even after it was purchased by Dillards. When the downtown store closed and moved to Gateway, Ruth retired after 27 years. Ruth and Ervin had many good times together. Ervin passed away on October 30, 1997. Both Ruth and Ervin were members of Southminster United Methodist Church. Ruth always had a big garden. She planted everything by the moon. She loved to work in her garden until she was no longer able to. Her grandson Tony always made sure her lawn was mowed and her walks were shoveled. Finally in 1999 Ruth decided to move to Northgate Gardens where she had lovely new apartment. She was able to travel a lot with her son Ron and one year he surprised her with a trip to Hawaii. She made many trips to California to visit Ron. While in Nebraska, Velora and Gene took her with them when they went on vacations. Ruth had visited every state except Florida, Vermont and Connecticut. In 2004, Ruth's health began to fail. She had gallbladder surgery and after that was informed by her doctor that she would not be able to go back to Northgate to live. Her memory was beginning to fail and she could no longer live alone. Velora searched for just the right place for her mother to live and decided on The Landing where Ruth had a lovely one room apartment. The loving care she received at The Landing was unmatchable. The people that work there were so good to her-especially her friend Alice.

Ruth always had a smile on her face and was always a lady. Her family is very proud of her and her accomplishments and they have many, many fond memories. Rut had a lot of talents. She pieced and quilted many quilts. She quilted dozens of quilts for others. Ruth knew how to crochet, needlepoint, embroider, crewel, latch hook and sew. Many of the items she made were sold at the downtown Senior Center gift center. The grandchildren remember the times they got to stay with her-one at a time. They were always treated to her macaroni and cheese and 1/2 sandwich. She enjoyed having them and they enjoyed being with her. There are a lot of stories that Velora and Ron could tell-enough to fill a book. Ruth loved God and always tried to live the way the Bible told her to live.

Knowing how much faith Ruth had in God, her granddaughter Terri Peterson Kadavy wrote this poem many years ago just for her grandmother.

Does God Cry?

When I am in the wrong, I sometimes gaze at the sky

And I think to myself-does God ever cry?

I sometimes picture Him gazing down on this human race,

And then there slowly rolls a tear gliding down His face.

I wonder how sad He looks when He sees the wrong we do,

After He sent His loving Son to die for me and you.

Of all the chances He gives us-most turn and look away,

Then one day He won't be there for this is judgment day.

As He pronounces sentence and we turn and walk away,

Tears are on our faces because we neglected what He had to say.

So now I look toward the sky and I say God don't cry for me,

Because I feel Jesus in me and now I am totally free.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, sister Pauline and Elma, brother Henry, husbands William and Ervin, many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ruth is survived by her daughter Velora and husband Gene Wilson, her son Ronald; six grandchildren, Terri and husband Calvin Kadavy, Bill and wife Trish Peterson, Tony and wife Cindy Peterson, Michelle and husband John Gonzalez, Jeremy and wife Angie Wilson and Glenn Wilson and friend Danielle; eleven great-grandchildren and spouses, C.J. and wife Becky Kadavy, Joshua and wife Amanda Kadavy, Alexis, Michael and Zane Peterson, Ryan and Jamie Peterson, Jenifer and Jewel Gonzalez, Eleanor Ladue, Brittany and Samantha Burge and one great-great granddaughter Tailyn Kadavy; two brothers-in-law, Willard Ernst and Oscar Lubben; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Services and Internment are July 11, 2007 at the Salem Mennonite Church near Shickley, Nebraska.

Family links: 
  John B. Noel (1866 - 1934)
  Mary Sutter Noel (1871 - 1964)
  William Ernst (1906 - 1952)*
  Pauline Noel Schweitzer (1895 - 1987)*
  Henry Noel (1897 - 1974)*
  Ruth Noel Ernst Nelson (1912 - 2007)
*Calculated relationship
Salem Cemetery
Fillmore County
Nebraska, USA
Created by: Tim Schlegel
Record added: Dec 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81913129
Ruth <i>Noel</i> Ernst Nelson
Added by: Tim Schlegel
Ruth <i>Noel</i> Ernst Nelson
Added by: Tim Schlegel
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Remembering you today with love on what would be your 100th birthday! Thank you for being such a special aunt!
- Marvin Schlegel Family
 Added: Apr. 3, 2012

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