Ruthann Welander

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Ruthann Welander, 90, passed away August 21, 2018 at Brookdale Peoria Senior Living in Peoria, AZ. She was born December 28, 1927 in Grant County, IN to Lawrence Charles and Ethel (Garner) Davis.
Ruthann graduated with honors from the University of Iowa with a Master of Fine Arts degree.
She raised her family with her former husband, Herb Welander, while teaching music for three decades in the Iowa public schools.
She retired in Sun City, AZ. As a life-long learner, she loved to read, travel, meet new people and explore different cultures. Her joy of adventure led her to many countries all over the world, including Russia, India, China and Brazil. Throughout her retirement years, she contributed to her community in a variety of ways. She served as a mentor to elementary students to empower them with their reading. Pleasant memories were had by Ruthann, as an active member in Delta Kappa Gamma for many years. As a leader in Friendship Force, she brought many people together. She sang in two community choirs, and especially enjoyed playing the piano for friends at Brookdale, and for her Sun City Kiwanis Club, where she also volunteered with fellow members at Diamondback baseball games. As an avid sports fan of the Phoenix Suns, she rarely missed a game, and would watch a game wherever she was if it was at all possible.
Ruthann was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Diane Collins; five sisters: Ethellen Hoyt, Adrienne McCracken, Hanna Zola Dunham, Martha Jane Scott and Esther Lee Barham; and three brothers, Riley Davis, Tom Davis and George Davis. She is survived by a son, Steve (Jan) Welander and a son-in-law, (Larry Collins); two daughters, Linda (Mike) Thies and Terry (George) Scanlan; ten grandchildren: Brett (Amy) Welander, Cam (Shelley) Welander, Curt (Amy) Welander, Chad (Melissa) Welander, Andrea Miller, Grant (Meghan Kay) Thies, Shayna (Patrick Bond) Collins, Blake Collins, Kathryn (Caleb Lyons) Scanlan and Anthony (Jessica) Scanlan; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
She was young at heart, loved life and will be missed by many. A Celebration of Ruthann's Life will be held Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. in Tucson, AZ. For directions to the location call 520-297-0783. Memorial contributions may be directed to a .


Published in NewsZapAZ on Sept. 1, 2018
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