Ruth R. Mitchell


March 5, 1931 - December 14, 2016


Ruth Frances (Fiala) Mitchell was born in Burke, SD on March 5, 1931. She grew up in Gregory County and attended Hornbeck School until 4th grade. She moved with her family to a farm near Herrick and attended St. Charles Public School until graduating in 1947. She enrolled in Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield where she received her State Certificate Degree. She taught in Colton, Kimball, Rawlins, WY; country schools in Sanborn and Miner counties and spent the last 28 ½ years of her teaching career teaching 7th and 8th grades in Artesian. In 1969 she received her BA in Education from Dakota Wesleyan University. On June 14, 1953 she married Ralph C. Mitchell. They resided on their farm south of Artesian until 1994 when they moved to Mitchell. After Ralph’s death in 2000, she moved to Greenridge Apartments and then to Firesteel Healthcare Center in 2010.

Ruth’s pride and joy are her two daughters and grandchildren. She enjoyed visiting with friends, playing scrabble, bingo, working crossword puzzles, word games and reading.

She is survived by her two daughters: Dianne (Keane) Raether of St. Bonifacius, MN and Donna DeGeest of Dimock; two grandsons: Kristopher (Kelly Jo) and Kevin (Jeni) Raether; three granddaughters: Shauna (Jordan) Kummer, Kendra and Maci DeGeest; four great granddaughters: Taylor, Kacie, Kallie and Aubrie Raether; one great grandson, Karter Kummer and one great granddaughter due in March 2017 and one sister-in-law, Shirley Fiala of Mount Vernon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, four brothers, one sister and two siblings in infancy.



Monday, December 19, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, December 19, 2016
7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, South Dakota

Posted by Donna Holmes on January 2, 2017
I have so many great memories of Ruth and especially her daughter Dianne. We spent so many summers riding our bicycles back and forth to each others farm. Mrs. Mitchell was my 7th grade teacher and it was that year that I learned penmanship. To this day I am still complimented on my hand writing. Rest in Peace Ruth Mitchell.
Posted by Wesley Hamm on December 28, 2016
Just got word on Ruth's passing. We are sorry for the family's loss.
Posted by Judy Williamson Rodriguez on December 22, 2016
I have great memories of going to the farm & playing as kids. Mom & dad sure enjoyed hanging with Ralph & Ruth when we got up to South Dakota from Iowa. We are praying for comfort for your family as only God can provide. Love & hugs to you!
Posted by Lynette Schmit on December 20, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ruth taught me in Kindergarten and in 7th grade. She was a wonderful teacher and friend. Her daughter, Dianne & I grew up together and Ruth was like a 2nd mother to me sometimes. I think of her often especially when I make chille from a recipe she had given me many years ago. I have so many memories of her and she will be greatly missed by many.
Posted by AseraCare Hospice on December 19, 2016
During this time of loss, we at AseraCare Hospice, would like to extend our condolences to you and your family. The nurses and staff at AseraCare thank you for the privilege of being able to serve you during these difficult times. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
- The AseraCare Hospice Team
Posted by Barbie Becker on December 19, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I still think of "Mrs. Mitchell" every time pick up a crayon. Some lessons you never forget after having your mom as a teacher. Remember the good times. Hugs to all of you.
Posted by Steve and Kathy Mitchell on December 18, 2016
We are sorry to hear of Ruth's death. We are unable to attend the funeral but our thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a very special aunt.
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