Ruth M. Eayrs passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Kasson, following a courageous three-year struggle with breast cancer.
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Ruth Marlene Egger was born Nov. 9, 1929, to her parents, Arnold and Margaret (Stucky) Egger and she grew up on the family farm in Milton Township, Dodge County, with her parents and siblings, Virginia and Robert. She married Stewart Franklin Eayrs on June 18, 1950, and moved to his farm home in Concord Township, Dodge County, where she resided for 63 years until her illness required her move to Prairie Meadows Senior Care in Kasson on Oct. 10, 2013. Ruth was a devoted wife and mother, farmer, homemaker and volunteer who loved life in the country.
Her surviving family includes: her loving husband, Stewart; her sons, Michael (Mary Jo) Eayrs of Green Bay, Wis.; Neil (Fran) Eayrs of Carterville, Ill; Douglas (Sonja) Eayrs of Maple Grove; and daughters, Catherine Eayrs of Rochester; and Martha Eayrs of Two Harbors. Her grandchildren are, Christaan Eayrs of St. Louis, Mo.; Akami (Brian) Marik of Carterville, Ill.; Matthew (Lindsey) Eayrs of Green Bay, Wis.; Rebekah (Paul) Cavanagh of Louisville, Colo.; Elizabeth Eayrs of Eden Prairie; Brian (Elizabeth) Eayrs of Seattle, Wash.; Kathleen Eayrs of New York, N.Y., and Annemarie Eayrs of West Concord. Her great-grandchildren are, Evan Marik, Ashlyn Cook, Evelyn Cavanagh and Mary Eayrs. She is also survived by her sister, Virginia Durst of Wanamingo; her sister-in-law, Donna (Robert) Egger of Pine Island; 11 nephews and three nieces.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Robert.
Ruth was a lifelong member of Zwingli United Church of Christ (Berne Church) of which she was a leader in various church activities and a member of the Concord Willing Workers Club.
A memorial service for Ruth will take place Saturday, on her birth date, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Zwingli United Church of Christ (Berne) in West Concord, with a one-hour family visitation preceding the memorial service.
The family will also meet visitors on Friday, Nov. 8, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Zwingli United Church of Christ (Berne) in West Concord.
Ruth donated her body to the Mayo Clinic for medical research. Her remains will be interred at the Concord Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial gifts are preferred to the Zwingli United Church of Christ, the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester or the Mayo Clinic.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Nov. 5, 2013