Ruth E. Dragt, age 99, of Willmar, passed away Thursday morning, May 19, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at the Roseland Reformed Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg. www.tricountyfuneral.com
Ruth Evelyn Dragt was born on April 3, 1922, in Roseland, Minnesota, the daughter of Jacob and Anna (Kohrs) Damhof. She grew up in the Roseland community and graduated from Danube High School in 1940. On June 5, 1942, Ruth was united in marriage to Bernard M. Dragt. They lived and farmed on the Dragt family homestead near Roseland and in 1984, they moved into Roseland. She was employed at Tony’s Grocery Store in Roseland, the local telephone office and grocery store in Prinsburg and at Quality Fabrics in Willmar. Ruth enjoyed sewing (she made many prom dresses), needlework and embroidery (making many afghans for her children and grandchildren), gardening (vegetables and flowers), baking, canning and fishing (making many fishing trips up to Lake of the Woods. She was active in her church and served with ladies aide, Sunday School teacher, choir member, bible study and prayer group. She was also a 4-H leader and active with Home Extension.
She is survived by her two sons, DuWayne (and Marcia) Dragt of Bloomington and David (and Rita) Dragt of Willmar; five grandchildren, Troy Dragt, Tracy Keyes (Jim), Alisa Dragt Hoffman (Andy), Nikki Kopel and Angie Willardson (Niel); and eight great grandchildren, Jebben Keyes, Kyla Keyes, Sydney Dragt, Harrison Hoffman, Callie Pakkala, Luke Pakkala, Ella Willardson and Cole Willardson. Also surviving is one brother, Kenneth (and Karen) Damhof of Willmar and one sister-in-law, Vera Pampuch of Raymond, besides other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard in 2010; one brother, Calvin Damhof; two sisters, Henrietta (and Harvey) Dragt and Margaret (and Marvin) Bruggers; and one sister-in-law, Anna Damhof.
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