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Ruth Elizabeth Gardner

Posted September 26, 2013 in Obituaries, West Des Moines

September 6, 1910 – September 24, 2013

Ruth Gardner

Ruth Gardner

Ruth Gardner, 103, died Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at Scottish Rite Park of natural causes. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Iles-Westover Chapel. Burial of the cremated remains will be at Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines.

Ruth was born September 6, 1910, in Washington County, IA, the daughter of Isaac and Jennie Bell (Vincent) Pulver. She married Merle E. Gardner on January 4, 1934. He died July 12, 1968.

Ruth graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, MO and Drake University. She retired from teaching in the Des Moines Public School System in 1976.

Ruth is survived by three daughters, Shirley (Robert) Johnson of Cedar Fall, Nancy Martin of Waukee, and Peggy Bowles of Garden City, MO; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, three sisters, Vada Vaun Brown, Marie Michaels and Martha Louise Schwamb; and her sons-in-law, Dale Martin and Larry Bowles.

Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or the Scottish Rite Good Samaritan Fund. Online condolences will be welcomed at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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