Phyllis Ruth


November 19, 1931 - June 19, 2017


Phyllis Ruth, 85, of Mitchell died Monday, June 19, 2017 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Mitchell.  Burial will be in the Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7:00 PM at the Bittner Funeral Chapel with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

Phyllis Ann Ruth was born November 19, 1931, at Portsmouth, Ohio to Richard and Emma Roe.  On May 14, 1951, she married Bob Dean Ruth at Catlettsburg, Kentucky.  She received her B.A. in Education from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1978.  From 1978-1980 she was a teacher at Artesian, South Dakota and from 1981-1994 she was a teacher at Mitchell High School.  After she retired, she taught at Mitchell Christian School. 

Phyllis was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Gideon International, and the Mitchell Area Retired Teacher’s Association.

Phyllis is survived by four children:  Peggy Weeks and husband Waite of Jefferson, Maine; Deb Bell and husband Tom of Alexandria, South Dakota; Cindy Schneider and husband Dan of Mitchell, South Dakota; Michael Ruth of Iroquois, South Dakota; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. 

Her husband Bob, her parents and her four siblings preceded her in death.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Gideon International.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Prayer Service at 7:00 PM

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, June 22, 2017
2:00 PM
Cornerstone Baptist Church
728 S Minnesota St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Jeff Case on June 26, 2017
Hello from the old neighborhood. I am praying for you to know peace and comfort.
Posted by Fauna Kappenman on June 25, 2017
My sympathy to the Ruth family. I worked with your mom years ago- she was a very nice lady.
Posted by Jennie Goslin Cahall on June 22, 2017
Phyllis was my first Blue Bird Leader, many, many years ago! I have really enjoyed getting reacquainted and sharing memories with her through Face Book the last few years. I will miss her birthday wishes and post replies more than you know! May fond memories of your Mother bring you comfort during these hard times - My heart and prayers go out to the Ruth family.
Posted by Aaron Barta on June 21, 2017
Cindy, Zac, Sally, Autumn....

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May strength provide you with comfort during this difficult time.
Posted by Nancy Wilson on June 21, 2017
So sorry to hear of Phyllis' passing. Prayers to your family. Through your grief, share her light.
Posted by Donna Kneece on June 21, 2017
A shining sweet life. God bless family and friends of this Angel.
Posted by Robin McCool-Deneke on June 20, 2017
Very csirry for your loss. Phyllis was a wonderful lady
Posted by Ariel and Mark Anderson on June 20, 2017
Thinking of you all during this time.
Posted by Zac appletoft on June 20, 2017
Grandma you will be missed. We all love you so much.
Posted by Larry J. Birchem on June 20, 2017
Very nice lady. Will be thinking of your family.
Posted by Brooke Peterson on June 20, 2017
Sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom Mike.
Posted by Jill and Dennis Franck on June 20, 2017
Prayers for peace and comfort for the family. Your Mom was one of my heroes. She was like a mother to me when I came to DWU from Georgetown, Ohio to be Peggy's roommate. Phyllis and I enjoyed antagonizing each other but always with laughter. So thankful that we were able to visit her last summer. She loved her children completely and was always for you. She and your Dad will be watching over you still. Be blessed that she has no more pain. Love you all.
Posted by Dana Robey Freeman on June 20, 2017
Your mom was a wonderful of the best! Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time. May you find comfort in her memories.
Posted by Merry Bleeker on June 20, 2017
Prayers for you and your family during this time of sorrow.
Posted by Steve and Cecilia Meyers on June 20, 2017
She was a wonderful aunt and alway funny. I know she will be missed by all who new her. Love and prayers to Peggy, Debbie, Cindy and Mike.
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