Ruth Kelly Mathis was born April 4, 1932 to Allen and Hazel (Beck) Hinders on the family farm near Letcher, SD. She attended rural grade school and graduated from Letcher High School in 1950. On April 17, 1952 she married Gerald (Jerry) Kelly. They lived in California while Jerry was in the Navy and in Mitchell while he worked on the Milwaukee Railroad. They then farmed near Letcher and Hartford, SD. Jerry died in 1968. Ruth then attended Methodist School of Nursing, graduating in 1970. She worked at the Methodist Hospital and the Aurora-Brule Nursing Home until retiring in 1994. On February 23, 1980 she married Wilbur Mathis and lived in Plankinton. Wilbur died in 1995. Ruth moved to Mitchell in 2005 and then in 2010 to Firesteel Healthcare Center. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Plankinton, Queen Esther Circle, Red Hat Club, Letcher American Legion Auxiliary, past board member of Weskota Memorial Medical Center, several pinochle and domino groups and community organizations.
She is survived by her children: Jane Amick and husband Chuck of Letcher; Nancy Kelly and husband John Schiffner of Thousand Oaks, CA; Tracy Christensen and husband Keith of Mitchell; Patrick Kelly and wife Susan of Rapid City; her step-children: Greg Mathis and wife Carolyn of Wagner, Rick Mathis of San Bernardino, CA; ten grandchildren: Kelly (Shelley), Stacy and Darin Amick, Michael and Sarah Kelly, Alyssa and Nathan Mathis, Ashley (John) Gullickson, Carl and Jessica Mathis and two great-grandchildren: Kelsey and Reese Amick.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, two brothers: Homer and Wayne Hinders, one sister, Mary Suelflow, and infant son, a step-son, Steve Mathis and a granddaughter, Darci Amick.