Ruth Evangeline Christine <I>Ost</I> Towner


Ruth Evangeline Christine Ost Towner

Death 1 May 1994 (aged 77)
Burial Kenai, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, USA
Memorial ID 25160391 View Source

Anchorage Daily News May 3, 1994

Lifelong Alaskan Ruth Evangeline Christine Ost Towner, 77, daughter of pioneer missionaries Ludvig Evald and Ruth Ost, died May 1 at Providence Hospital. A visitation was at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. A funeral was at the Soldotna Bible Chapel. Burial will took place in the Kenai Cemetery.

Mrs. Towner was born Jan. 13, 1917, in Ashland, Wis., during the only missionary furlough taken by her parents. Early residences included the northwest Alaska communities of Elim, Golovin, Egavik, Unalakleet, Council and Nome. Her family said, "Those were hard pioneer years, which included living in a tent on the Bering Sea coast through a harsh long winter and surviving epidemics that nearly decimated the population of the Norton Sound." In 1939, Ruthie married L. Earl Towner Sr., and they made their home in Nome until 1967, when they moved to Kenai. In Nome, they developed businesses in gold mining and freight hauling along the Kougerok Railroad. In 1967, Alaska honored Mrs. Towner as Mother of the Year and she joined mothers from all other states at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Her family said, "She is known throughout the world for her felt applique handcrafts of Native Alaskan scenes. She has taught and been a living example for children of several generations as a Cub Scout den mother and Sunday school teacher. She maintained correspondence with friends and acquaintances throughout the world. Mrs. Towner was preceded in death by her husband; her sister, Betty Doyle; her brothers, Denny, Nathan, Joe and John; and an infant son, Robert Lincoln.

She is survived by her children, Kathy Burton of Kenai, L. Earl Jr. of Anchorage, John and Joe of Minneapolis, and Jim, a missionary in Spain; her brother, Lincoln Ost of Sequim, Wash.; her sisters, Lois McIver of Anchorage and Mamie Markle of Ketchikan; 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to be sent to Solid Rock Ministries and Bible Camp, Box 489, Soldotna, 99669-0489, or to Ministry of Bethany Fellowship, Missions to Spain, 6820 Auto Club Road, Minneapolis, Minn. 55438.

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