Ruth Frances (Fiala) Mitchell was born in Burke, SD on March 5, 1931. She grew up in Gregory County and attended Hornbeck School until 4th grade. She moved with her family to a farm near Herrick and attended St. Charles Public School until graduating in 1947. She enrolled in Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield where she received her State Certificate Degree. She taught in Colton, Kimball, Rawlins, WY; country schools in Sanborn and Miner counties and spent the last 28 ½ years of her teaching career teaching 7th and 8th grades in Artesian. In 1969 she received her BA in Education from Dakota Wesleyan University. On June 14, 1953 she married Ralph C. Mitchell. They resided on their farm south of Artesian until 1994 when they moved to Mitchell. After Ralph’s death in 2000, she moved to Greenridge Apartments and then to Firesteel Healthcare Center in 2010.
Ruth’s pride and joy are her two daughters and grandchildren. She enjoyed visiting with friends, playing scrabble, bingo, working crossword puzzles, word games and reading.
She is survived by her two daughters: Dianne (Keane) Raether of St. Bonifacius, MN and Donna DeGeest of Dimock; two grandsons: Kristopher (Kelly Jo) and Kevin (Jeni) Raether; three granddaughters: Shauna (Jordan) Kummer, Kendra and Maci DeGeest; four great granddaughters: Taylor, Kacie, Kallie and Aubrie Raether; one great grandson, Karter Kummer and one great granddaughter due in March 2017 and one sister-in-law, Shirley Fiala of Mount Vernon.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, four brothers, one sister and two siblings in infancy.