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Ruth M. Williams

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Ruth M. Williams, 94, of Duluth, went running to Jesus Feb. 15, 2014, at Essentia-St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth.

Ruth was born in Plankinton, S.D., on Oct. 28, 1919, the daughter John and Anna Marie Roberts.

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She had worked for many years at UMD in vending and the mail room. She also welcomed foreign exchange students from UMD into her home for the holidays when they had nowhere to go. She was a member of Central Assembly of God Church since 1975 and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Proctor for 17 years prior. She taught four and five year olds in Sunday School and Rainbows for about 30 years. She was also a 4-H leader.

Ruth enjoyed crocheting, reading and doing crossword puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph F. Williams in 1988; step-son, Robert F. Williams; step-daughter, Shirley Everly and her husband Richard; son-in-law Donald Granholm; grandson, Bobby Williams; three brothers, Gerald, Franklin, and George Roberts; and two sisters, Pearl Marino and Joyce Kangas.

Ruth is survived by a daughter, Jeanie Granholm of Cloquet; three sons, Joseph (Sharon) Williams of Traverse City, Mich., John (Debbie) Williams of Superior, and Roy Williams of Duluth, Minn.; 13 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great grandchildren, and one great-great-great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 5-8 p.m. at Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N. 19th St. Visitation will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral at Central Assembly of God Church, 3000 Hammond Ave. in Superior. Rev. Thomas Miller will officiate. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

If desired memorials in her name may be made to the Central Assembly of God Church.

Sign the online guestbook or send condolences at www.downsfh.com.

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