Ruth Wynette Howard
Ruth Howard
Ruth Wynette Howard

September 19, 1929 - May 21, 2023
Born in Story County, Iowa
Resided in Madrid, Iowa
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Ruth Wynette Howard passed away at the age of 93 ½ on May 21, 2023. Per her wishes she will be cremated with a private family burial at Fairview Cemetery in Madrid followed by a memorial service at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 10:30 am.

Ruth was born September 19, 1929, in Story County, Iowa, to John and Sylvia (Hartley) Weaver. At four years old, she went to live with and was later adopted by her aunt and uncle, Doc and Ellen Spencer of Woodward.

Ruth loved to dance and was a member of the “Rainbow Girls.” She graduated as Val Victorian of her class. After graduation, she worked at the bank in Woodward and in 1949, she married Bob Howard in Madrid. They had two children; Robert George Jr. and Rachel Ann.

Ruth dedicated much of her life to her church. First the Christian Church which later merged with the Methodist Church, to become St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. She also helped her husband run his business and made a wonderful home for her family.

Left to love and remember Ruth are her children; Robert and Rachel, four grandchildren; Clint, Harmony, Glenna, Valerie, nine great grandchildren, one sister-in-law, and many friends, nieces, and nephews. Preceding Ruth in death are both sets of parents, in-laws, brothers; John, Dorman and Louie, sisters; Helen, Rita and Ellen and many good friends.

In Lieu of flowers any memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ or The Madrid Home.

Arrangements made by Iles Sundberg-Kirkpatrick Chapel.




Memorial Service
St. Paul's United Church of Christ
115 S. Cedar Street
Madrid, IA US 50156
Thursday, May 25, 2023
10:30 AM


Madrid Home
613 W. North Street
Madrid, IA US 50156
St. Paul's United Church of Christ
115 S Cedar St
Madrid, Iowa USA 50156