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Ruth Russell Carlton

EMILY — Ruth Russell Carlton died on May 29, 2011, at her home in Emily.

Ruth Ethel Russell was born to Frank and Eunice Russell of Madrid, Iowa, and grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She met Delno W. Carlton of Emily, Minn. during WWII and became his wife on Sept. 20, 1945, after a two-year engagement. The couple put off their wedding until after the war to avoid the possibility of leaving their children fatherless.

They have been blessed with 65 years of marriage and four eternally grateful children, 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her husband Del Carlton of Emily, Minn.; daughter, Susan Clark and her husband Stanley of Redding, Calif.; son, Steven Carlton and his wife Katherine of Emily; son, John Carlton and his wife Janet of Emily; daughter, Jane Hall and her husband Jack of Houston, Texas; also surviving are extended family, Loretta Gohl of Nisswa, Letty Lee Henderson of Grand Rapids, Virginia Cowden of Crosby; three sisters, Eunice Carr of St. Cloud; Letty Prigge of Grand Rapids and Garnet Nekvinda of Fort Dodge, Iowa.

While their children were young, Mrs. Carlton was a stay-at-home mom.  After accepting Jesus Christ as her savior on Easter, 1964, she served as a lay counselor and Christian mentor together with her husband, Del in Cleveland, Ohio, and Northern Minnesota.

The couple chose a working retirement, founding Cornerstone Christian School in Emily, Minn. in 1982. As an elementary teacher, Mrs. Carlton dearly loved and faithfully gave her all to her students for over 20 years.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate Ruth’s life and Home-going at a funeral service on Wednesday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Christian Church, 411536 Birchwood Drive, Emily.

Interment will follow at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday.