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Ruth Adeline McKibbin

Ruth Adeline McKibbin

Ruth Adeline (Rangen) McKibbin, 89, passed away on January 26, 2018 in Phoenix AZ.

Ruth, or Adeline as she was known to family and friends, was born on August 23, 1928 at home on the family farm in North Viking Township, North Dakota and was the eighth of nine children born to Rasmus and Alma Rangen. She graduated in 1945 as the Valedictorian of Maddock High School and shortly after went to work for the only bank in Maddock ND.

Addie married Maurice Mckibbin on June 5, 1949 and had six boys. She lived with her husband and family on the farm in Maddock, ND until 1963 when they moved to Moorhead, Minnesota where she again went to work for a bank. Addie then worked for the Neuropsychiatric Institute in Fargo, ND until her retirement in 1987. Maurice and Adeline then moved to Silver Bay, Minnesota where they enjoyed the beautiful views of Lake Superior. The winters were long and Maurice and Addie bought a second home in Phoenix and traveled back and forth each year. After selling the Silver Bay home, they moved back to Maddock in 2000 and continued to live in Maddock and Phoenix until Maurice's death on January 4, 2013.

Throughout her life, Addie enjoyed road trips and visited every state in the U.S. except Vermont. She and Maurice traveled the Alaskan Highway to the Arctic Circle and even celebrated their 50th anniversary in the 50th state, Hawaii. Addie was an adventurer and a mediator. If you needed something from Maurice, it was best to run it by Addie first to get the best results. Addie created a great and loving environment in which to raise her family and she will be truly missed.

Adeline was preceded in death by her husband Maurice, sons Brian and Mark and grandson Chad. She is survived by her sisters Margaret Backstrom of Fergus Falls, MN, Helen Boney of Roswell, GA, and Mary Ann Swanson of Phoenix, AZ. Her children James, Dwight, Craig (Stephanie) and Kevin are now mourning the loss of a wonderful mother. Addie is also survived by grandchildren Leah (Jason,) Michael (Brandi,) Andrew, Mary (Mark,) and Laura (Kevin) and great-grandchildren Chloe, Abby, Meredith, Maxwell, Chase, Logan, Stirling, Rose, Mackenzie, Madeleine, and Vivienne.

We all loved Adeline very much.

Interment will be on July 21, 2018 at noon following a brief service at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hwy 30, Maddock, North Dakota.