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Ruth Arlene Hord

March 3, 1928 September 17, 2014
Ruth Arlene Hord
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Obituary for Ruth Arlene Hord

Worthington, MN


      Ruth Arlene Hord, age 86, was born on March 3, 1928, in Moulton Township, MN, the daughter of William and Irene (Kingsbury) Stevens. She graduated from Edgerton Public School and then attended Rio Hondo College in California, where she was an honor student in Psychology, Stenography, and Sociology. Ruth married Sherwin Dornburg and they divorced. She married Thomas Kinnamon and they later divorced. Ruth married Jack Hord on December 17, 1977. She lived in various cities in California including, Downy, Norwalk, and La Mirada. Ruth moved to Worthington, MN in 1979. She worked as a clerk in a store and was also an award winning Avon salesperson. As a child, she enjoyed riding horseback and picking apples at her parent’s apple orchard. She was also involved with ballroom dancing and built a ballroom dance floor in her Norwalk home and entertained many groups and barbequed for her guests. Ruth did volunteer work through the church, visiting prisoners, patients, and delinquent youth, was a Brownie Scout Leader, and Bible School volunteer. She loved to play cards, especially 500, and entertain guests. Ruth died on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at the Crossroads Care Center in Worthington, MN.

      Ruth is survived by her husband, Jack Hord of Worthington, MN; two daughters, Valerie Clark of Austin, TX and Vivian Elsing of Chandler, MN; five grandchildren, Daniel, Eric, Patrick, David, and Nicole; four great grandchildren, Victoria, Brock, Delores, and Antonia; one brother, Milford (Delpha) Stevens of Astoria, OR, and two step sons, Robert Hord and Michael Hord. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Merle, Wesley, and Duane Stevens; three sisters, Erma Zwart, Wilma VanderPoel, and Pearl Anslem; step son, James Hord, and step daughter, Donna Kinnamon.

      Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington, MN. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

      Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.


Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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