Private Family Services
Ruth Adelle Clark Balfour journeyed into heaven on May 20, 2016, after a fall that lead to her death. She resided at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer, Iowa since March of 2014. Prior to living at Sunrise Hill, she and Willard lived at Carrington Place in Toledo for five years after moving off the family farm.
Ruth Adelle Clark was born to Albert and Mildred Irene Vore Clark on June 4, 1920. She is just shy of her 96th birthday. Ruth attended Toledo High School. On March 4, 1936 she and Willard Balfour eloped to Albert Lea, Minnesota to get married and they celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary together before Willard passed away on Christmas Day, 2014.
Ruth and Willard’s only “home” was the Balfour Family Century Farm north of Toledo. They lovingly cared for their property and Ruth was truly proud to call her self a farmer’s wife. She enjoyed helping with crops, livestock, feeding the work crew and keeping the books. In addition to the farm, she always had a huge vegetable garden, beautiful flower beds and a well painted white board fence around the yard. There was no better cook than Ruth. She was always trying new recipes and making pies with lard crusts. Not only could she cook, she was a seamstress and many of Wilma and Ginny’s outfits were from her hands. As one friend said, “not only can she sew, she can make it look exactly like the picture on the pattern.” Ruth was a perfectionist about every detail of her life. She was active in her neighborhood Crystal Friendship Club, Crystal Cemetery Society, EUB Church Women’s activities and school activities when her children were growing up.
Ruth and Willard didn’t venture far from their farm, but they did celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with trips to Hawaii and Alaska and a second road trip back to Alaska two years later.
Ruth is survived by her two daughters: Wilma (John) Marshall of Casper, Wyoming and Ginny (Mark) Renaud of Scottsdale, Arizona; a daughter-in-law Linda Balfour of Bucklin, Missouri; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Pauline Weekley of Wichita, Kansas, Grace La Pointe of Tempe, Arizona and Leah (Jack) Berg of Cedar Falls, Iowa; a brother Joe Clark of Grinnell, Iowa and nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Willard C. Balfour, two sons: Bill in 1967, during the Vietnam War and Clark in July of 2015; a grandson Mark Balfour; a granddaughter Mindy Sue Lenning Stielow; a great-grandson Jacob Balfour and a great-granddaughter Madeline Ruth Yamen.
A special thank you to Barb Mason and Linda Balfour for above and beyond loyalty and to the staff at Sunrise Hill Care Center who lovingly cared for our Mother.
Private Family services will be held.
The family prefers memorials in Ruth’s name to Sunrise Hill Care Center for nursing equipment.