Ruth Ellen Morton entered into eternal rest Wednesday, September 2, 2015 after a well-fought battle with congestive heart failure. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, September 8, 2015, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids. Interment: Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Monday, September 7, 2015 at the church. Memorials may be contributed to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, or the ALS Foundation. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ruth Ellen Lange was born on August 4, in Scotch Grove, Iowa, the eldest child of Fred Lange and Anna Bartles Lange. She received her education in the Scotch Grove area schools and later attended cosmetology school in Cedar Rapids. It was there that she met the love of her life, Donald Morton. They were united in marriage on May 23, 1948 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Monticello. Ruth and Don made their home in Cedar Rapids during all of their 65 years together. Ruth worked as a hairdresser, homemaker, and did babysitting in her home, before becoming part of the cafeteria staff at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids for 32 years. She was a longtime member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Ruth’s greatest joys were caring for her family and cooking. No one ever went home hungry from her house, or without some chocolate chip cookies.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald in 2013, a brother in infancy, and a brother Vernon, daughter-in-law Pamela Morton, and grand-daughter Rachel Denny.
Surviving to remember her are a sister Joyce Serbousek of Marion, a daughter Julieanne (Brian) Gentz of Ottumwa; sons Douglas (Nancy) Morton of Brookings, SD, and Thomas (Patricia) Morton of Centennial, CO; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
“Of all the gifts that life has to offer, a loving mother is the greatest of them all.”