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Ruth Seim

Ottumwa - Ruth P. Seim, 79, of Ottumwa, died June 10, 2018 at her home.

She received her Bachelor of Music Education with an applied major of organ performance from Tarkio College, Tarkio, MO in 1961. She began her 40-year teaching career in Malvern, IA.

She taught three generations of students. She was a state officer for the Iowa Music Educators Association for many years and served as a judge for both local and Iowa High School Music Association contests community. She was active in many organizations, among them AAUW, Retired Teachers, the Ottumwa Civic Music Association, the board of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the board of Bridge View Center, the Ottumwa Cemetery Board and the Rotary Club of Ottumwa. She was most fully herself at the keyboard, whether piano, organ or calliope. She lived out her understanding that her talent was a God-given gift meant to be used for the betterment of the community.

A funeral service of Witness to the Resurrection will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Ottumwa with Father Vincent Bete and Rev. Jane Martinez officiating. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.

Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
Published in Des Moines Register on June 14, 2018
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