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Erma "Ruth" Fels

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Erma "Ruth" Fels

Erma Ruth Fels, 84, died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Strafford Care Center in Strafford, Missouri. Ruth, as she was known, and her husband of 57 years, Ronald C. Fels, resided in Springfield, Missouri.

She was born on July 17, 1929, in Mosby, Missouri, to Erma Blanche (Yates) Grace and Earl Grace. She was raised in the Lawson, Missouri area on a farm, with two brothers, Roy (deceased), Joe (deceased), and a sister, Helen.

Following her graduation from Lawson High School, Ruth attained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education at Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri, in 1951.

United in marriage to Ronald on July 20, 1956, she became the mother of four children who survive her: Mark Charles (Ruth) Fels, Daniel Edgar (Julianne) Fels, Amy Ruth (Timothy) Pyle, and Jennifer Grace Fels.

They lived in St. Louis County in Overland for many years prior to moving to Springfield in 1988. Ruth was a music teacher in the Ritenour School District, and later in the St. Louis Public Schools. She and Ron joined Messiah Lutheran Church in Springfield in 1988, where Ron is still a member.

Ruth was a loving wife and mother known and recognized for her singing, piano and cornet playing, teaching, volunteering, and homemaking skills. She is remembered well by her family for these things as well as for her caring, her good-natured quick wit and vibrant sense of humor, her laughter, and her smile.

Survivors include her husband, her sister Helen Grace, her children, their spouses, and five grandchildren: Samuel R. Fels, Rebecca J. Fels, Clarice Fels, Gabriel D. Fels, and Ezra Pyle.

There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. on April 14, 2014, in Messiah Lutheran Church in Springfield, Missouri. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 p.m. in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S. Southwood Rd., Springfield, Missouri.

The family would like to acknowledge the loving care given to Ruth at Strafford Care Center for the past four and a half years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Council of Churches, P.O. Box 3947, Springfield, MO, 65808. Website:

Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home South.


Published in the News-Leader from Apr. 11 to Apr. 13, 2014