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Published March 21, 2013, 12:00 AM

Ruth Mary (Hurst) Abbott

Ruth Mary (Hurst) Abbott, 86, of Brooklyn Center (formerly of Battle Lake and Moorhead, MN) went to be home with Jesus on March 16, 2013, surrounded by her family. Ruth is survived by her loving husband of sixty-six years, Warren “Bud” Abbott; children (the “6 Ds”), David (Jane Voglewede) of Fargo, ND, Dede McClary (Ric) of Richmond, VT, Dan (Terri) of Fargo, ND, Delayne Johnson (Russ) of Janesville, WI, Don (Lisa) of Big Lake, MN, and Dean (Stephanie) of Robbinsdale, MN; seventeen grandchildren, Mark, Natalie, Jon (Kelli), Tallie (Greg), Tara (John), Aaron (Alexis), Matthew, Kryshel (Jeremiah), Shaleah, Quinn, Andrew, Austin, Shealyn, Gabriella, Mariah, Isaac, and Adeline; and her many great-grandchildren. Ruth, the youngest of five children, was born in Annandale, Minnesota, to Rev. Wesley and Frieda Hurst. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Wesley, sister Polly Gotta and is survived by sister Phyllis Beebe of Eau Claire, WI, and brother D.V. “Dewey” of Kirkland, WA. Ruth was the creator of the Phelps Mill Festival (Ottertail), an active member of the Art of the Lakes Association (Battle Lake), and of the Battle Lake Christian & Missionary Alliance Church. Ruth has had a huge impact on her family, friends and those around her through her strong and steady faith, care for her husband, love for her children, and her immense creativity. At her Cherry Clay Workshop and Meanwhile Pottery studio, Ruth blended ministry into her unique hand-built pottery, which has been enjoyed by many. Through her patient, unconditional love along with her willingness to listen and provide comfort, Ruth became a “second mother” to others throughout her life. As said of the Proverbs 31 woman, “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” (v28) Arrangements are with the Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel, Robbinsdale, MN. Guest book is available at www.washburn-mcreavy.com/obituaries/Rut

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