Ruth Elaine Drips, 87, of Marion, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2023, at Summit Pointe Assisted Living Facility.
Ruth was born on April 22, 1935, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of George and Gladys (Howland) Drips. She lived on a farm and through the third grade went to a one room school house. Ruth graduated from Marion High School in 1953, Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, in 1955, and the University of Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce in 1957. She worked in the office of Armstrongs Department Store in Cedar Rapids for 33 years. Ruth enjoyed reading, knitting, traveling, cooking and being with her relatives and friends. Her passion was showing American Saddlebred horses in horse shows and spending one week in Louisville, Kentucky, in August at the World’s Championship Horse Show for several years. Ruth was inducted into the Iowa Horsemen’s Hall of Fame. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Memorials in Ruth’s memory may be directed to Marion Independent School Foundation, 777 South 15th Street, Marion, Iowa 52302.
From her Marion High School Class of 1953 yearbook:
The mildest manner and the gentlest heart.
Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association appreciates this support in memory Ruth Drips.