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Ruth Marie (Deitrick) Rose, 84, of Newton, passed away Friday, September 18, 2020 at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston.

A private family graveside service will be held at the Newton Union Cemetery with Pastor Mark Holmes of First Lutheran Church officiating. Wallace Family Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.

There will be no visitation, but online condolences may be left at Wallace Family Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions for Newton Dollars for Scholars may be left at the funeral home or mailed to Wallace Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 1115 E. 19th St. N., Newton, IA 50208, please add, Attn: Rose Family on the envelope.

Ruthie was born on December 16, 1935, in Knoxville, Iowa to William and Ruth (Mayer) Deitrick. She grew up in Marion County on the bluffs of what is now Lake Red Rock. Ruth attended school and graduated from Knoxville High School with the Class of 1954.

On July 3, 1958, she married Leonard Dow (L.D.) Rose. They lived all of their married life in Newton, except for one year spent in Fairmont, Minnesota.

Ruthie worked for a brief time as an airline stewardess before joining Maytag where she worked in information services for 30 years.

Ruthie got her greatest enjoyment from her family and seldom missed her children’s or grandchildren’s many events. Her home was always open for some “Grandma therapy”. She also enjoyed reading, needlework, gardening (and gardening shows), and decorating for each holiday. Ruthie was a strong, selfless, and compassionate woman who always took care of family and friends first.
Ruth Deitrick
Loved ones left to cherish her memory include her two daughters, Vanessa Davis (Mike Petersen) and Melissa Rose; son, Todd (Deborah) Rose all of Newton; her five grandchildren, Mitch Davis (Tracy Evans), Meagan Davis, Jorgen (Rachel) Rose, Brian Rose (Jenna Blunt) and Lane Rose; her great-granddaughter, Nora Davis; brother, Dwight (Wanda) Deitrick of Prophestsville, Illinois; sister-in-law, Marie Davison of Humeston; several nieces, nephews, and precious family friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, L.D.; her parents; brothers, Lyle (Buck) Deitrick and Jim Deitrick; sisters, Lylia Nichols and Marlene Rose; brothers-in-law, Art Nichols, Clifford D. Rose, and Robert D. Rose; sisters-in-law, Gladys Marr, Donna Rose, Carol Deitrick, Linda Deitrick, and Jean O’Brien.