Ruth Annetta Knudtson
Ruth Annetta Knudtson, age 85, of Wibaux, Montana, passed on to her home in Glory on Monday, September 8, 2008, at the Wibaux County Nursing Home in Wibaux. Visitation was held Sunday, September 14, at the Chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Wibaux, and funeral services were held Monday, September 15, 2008 at the United Methodist Church in Wibaux - Reverend T.C. Chatman officiating - and internment followed in Wibaux Cemetary.
Born on June 18, 1923, in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, to Fred and Hazel (Kashner) McGranahan, Ruth attended the State Teacher's College in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and was graduated with the class of 1944, and also attended the Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois. She taught school in Pennsylvania before moving to Grassy Butte, North Dakota, to teach Bible School and act as a lay minister at the Grassy Butte Methodist Church.
Ruth married Carl Knudtson on January 12, 1952, in Dickinson, North Dakota. The couple lived on the Knudtson family farm before leasing a ranch south of Marmath. They later purchased a ranch in northern Wibaux County, Montana. Ruth loved being a teacher and taught for many years in several schools in western North Dakota. Although they had no children of their own, their home was often filled with lucky children who were recipients of their incredible love and generosity. After Carl's death in 1983, Ruth moved to Wibaux. Her failing health led her to move to the Wibaux County Nursing Home in November of 2007.
Ruth loved the ranch life and was blessed to have "the best neighbors that anyone could ever ask for." She loved to visit and was always interested in knowing more about everyone she met or knew. She had a knack for making everyone feel special and made the world feel smaller with her talent for making connections among people. After Carl's death, Ruth began to write cowboy poetry about the experiences of an eastern city girl turning into a western cowboy's wife, and was invited to perform at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko in 1987. She has published three books of poetry as well as written occasional columns to be published in local papers. She was also an excellent pianist who often shared her talents with others.
Preceded in death by her husband, Carl; her parents; her sister, Eve, and her brother, Fred; Ruth is survived by her sister, Mary Regner of Palm Coast, Florida; her sisters-in-law, Ann McGranahan of Orlando, Florida, and Emily Knudtson of Dickinson, North Dakota; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews, and "the best" of neighbors and friends. In lieu of flowers, her family requests any memorials be given to Dickinson State College, the Wibaux County Nursing Home, or a charity of your choice.