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Ruth W. Sharp

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Ruth W. Sharp, 93, West Fargo, died on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at the Arthur Good Samaritan Center. A memorial service was held December 3, 2008 at Flame of Faith UMC, West Fargo. Burial was at Wheatland Cemetery, Wheatland, N.D.

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Ruth Eleanor Winings was born on August 3, 1915 at Todd's Point, Ill. She grew up near Findlay, Ill. and graduated from Findlay High School in 1933 at the top of her class, with a great love of math and science. She wanted to go on to college, however, being the oldest daughter, she had to stay home and care for her seven siblings as her mother was bedridden.

In 1936, her family moved to North Dakota and settled near Arthur. Ruth went back to Illinois and married Louis D "LD" Sharp on November 24, 1937. They farmed near Bethany, Ill. until 1948 when they moved to farm near Wheatland, N.D. with their 3 children. They had a diversified farm with dairy cattle, pigs and small grains. Then LD and Ruth moved into Wheatland in 1968 where they operated a small repair shop and she drove school bus.

LD died in 1971 and Ruth moved to Fargo, where she took a nurse's aid course and worked at Villa Maria. Ruth had always wanted to be a nurse or a missionary, so she joined the Peace Corps, hoping to fulfill that dream. She served two years in Zaire, Africa (formerly the Belgian Congo), an experience she treasured and spoke of often.

Ruth was always an active member of the United Methodist Church wherever she lived. Ruth was an excellent cook and loved to sew and do crafts. She volunteered many hours with the Mental Health Association, Manor Care Nursing Home, and the Fargo Adult Education, tutoring basic math into her 70's.

Ruth is survived by her two sons, Darrell (Ferry), Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Dallas (Alta Mitchell), Lusby, Md. and her daughter, Cheryl (Cliff) Hartl, West Fargo; eight grandchildren, Sohailah, Jim, Simi (Johnny), Susie (Don), Louis (Mandy), Aaron (Rachel), Anita (Jim), and Keith; Fifteen great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren; three great-great  grandchildren. Sister, Pauline Hodgson, Arthur, N.D.; sisters-in-law Evelyn Winings, Valley City, N.D., June Winings, Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Lois Winings, Philo, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, five brothers, and one sister.

Condolences can be sent online westfuneralhome.com

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