Ruth Huber Dalton ANDERSON


ANDERSON, Ruth Huber Dalton 92, of Sun City Center, passed away on Sept. 11, 2013, at home after a brief battle with cancer. Ruth was born on June 11, 1921 in Shakopee, MN, the 3rd of 4 daughters to Edward J. and Laura S. Huber. After graduating high school in 1939, she entered nursing school at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, MN. She graduated in 1942 and joined the U.S. Navy Nurse Corp as an Ensign. She worked at Naval Hospitals in Norman, OK, Oakland Naval Hospital, CA, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA, where she met Lt. Howard Dalton, a Marine. They were married 5 weeks later on April 29, 1944. Five months later he left for Iwo Jima with the 5th Marine Division and Ruth returned to Minnesota to await his return. Their first child, Gail, was born March, 1945 in the hospital where Ruth had trained. After her husband's return in Nov. 1945, they made several moves and had two more children, Jeff and Vicki. Ruth and Howard ended up in Greensboro, NC, where they lived for 20 years. Howard died in 1986 after a long battle with cancer. In 1988, Ruth married Ray Anderson and moved to Sun City Center, where they lived for 18 years before moving to Freedom Plaza in 2006. Ray died in 2009 after numerous complications following a car accident. Having benefited from Hospice's help during Howard's final days, Ruth went on to volunteer with the organization for 23 years after his death. Always giving of herself but never seeking recognition, she was honored as Volunteer of the Year for Hospice in Hillsborough County, FL in 1993. Ruth was also instrumental in helping to launch and raise funds for the new Hospice House in Sun City Center. She always spoke in glowing terms of Lifepath Hospice and considered her years of service and the relationships she formed there to be truly rewarding. Ruth was a member of Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church and was active in the RN Club of Sun City Center, where she served in a variety of roles. She also loved playing bridge, reading, and bowling. Ruth will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends and the many, many people whose lives she touched with her warm, loving, and generous spirit. We are blessed to have had her in our lives all these years and now the world's loss is heaven's gain! She is survived by a large loving family: son, Jeff (Lois) Dalton of Boise, ID; daughters, Gail (Bill) Carter of Kingwood, TX, and Vicki (Jack) Lyles of Darlington, SC; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Imboden and Peg Erpelding of Minnesota; dear nieces and nephew, and other extended family. She was preceded in death by husband of 42 years, Howard L. Dalton; husband of 21 years, Raymond A. Anderson; and sister, Wynnie Blewett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Lifepath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin FL 33573 or to the . Condolences may be sent in care of: Vicki Lyles, 2271 Charleston Way, Darlington, SC 29532. Memorial service will be held at 2 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 24th at Freedom Plaza Auditorium in Sun City Center. Sun City Center Funeral Home (813)634-9900

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Sept. 22, 2013
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