Gwendolyn Rusk Obituary

Gwendolyn Thomas Rusk
Gwendolyn Thomas Rusk
Gwendolyn Thomas Rusk

December 5, 1909 - June 26, 2008
Born in Lime Springs, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Gwendolyn Thomas Rusk, 98, died Thursday, June 26, 2008 at Ramsey Village. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2008 at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ. A memorial gathering will be held from 5 TO 7p.m., Wednesday, July 9 at Iles Funeral Homes - Dunn's Chapel.

Gwendolyn was born December 5, 1909 in Lime Springs, Iowa, the daughter of Ida and David Thomas. She graduated from Grinnell High School in 1928 and from Grinnell College, in 1931, with a degree in Liberal Arts. Gwendolyn moved to Des Moines in 1934 and worked for the Equitable Life Insurance Company for 14 years. She later worked as an Administrative Secretary for United Ministries for Higher Education for 10 years, retiring in 1976. On April 6, 1946 she was united in marriage to James L. Rusk.

Gwendolyn was an active member of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ since 1947 and served as a Sunday school teacher, president of the Women's Fellowship and church clerk. She also served on the board and the Iowa Life Committee for the Iowa Conference for the United Church of Christ.

Gwendolyn is survived by her son, Thomas Rusk of Des Moines; nephew, David Thomas and niece DeJane Toki.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James in 1982; brothers, David and Theodore and a sister Alice Leech.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ.

ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES FUNERAL HOMES ~ DUNN'S CHAPEL.

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Visitation
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Memorial Service
Plymouth Congregational Church
4126 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Thursday, July 10, 2008
11:00 AM
Cemetery
Plymouth Memorial Gardens Cemetery-Des Moines
4126 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Thursday, July 10, 2008