Ruth Elise (Stark) Bronson, age 88, of Glendive peacefully passed to be with our Lord June 30, 2014 at the Glendive Medical Center Extended Care in Glendive.
Posted Friday, July 11, 2014
Ruth Elise (Stark) Bronson, age 88, of Glendive peacefully passed to be with our Lord June 30, 2014 at the Glendive Medical Center Extended Care in Glendive. Mass of Christian Burial was held July 9, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glendive with Father Francis Schreiber officiating. Rite of Committal was in the Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive was entrusted with the arrangements.
Ruth was born Sept. 4, 1925 in Baton Rouge, La., the daughter of Frank L. Stark and Esther Elizabeth Scott. She was raised and educated in New Orleans, La., where she graduated high school with the class of 1943. In 1942, at the age of 16, Ruth was crowned as one of the nine Mardi Gras Festival Queens. She was very proud of this honor.
In 1948, Ruth married Francis “Rudy” Rudolph and to this union three children were born: Wayne, Linda and Terry. In 1977, she married Charles Bronson, who preceded her in death in 1990.
Ruth was a very hard worker. She held various jobs throughout her lifetime: telephone operator for Mountain Bell, cashier at the Red Owl and Reynolds Grocery in Baker, cashier at Safeway store in Glendive, home health aide for the Dawson County Health Department, cook at the Washington in Glendive, and lastly she was a cook at the Grandview Retirement Home from which she retired at age 75. But the “job” she most treasured was that of being a mother. She was the best mother any child could ever ask for and would drop everything at any given moment for her children. This pattern continued as she became a grandmother and great-grandmother.
Ruth stayed busy. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Kitchen Band, Garden Club, and a GMC volunteer. Ruth loved to square dance and listen to the Indy 500 on the radio. She loved all music – especially country, gardening, and she cherished her pets – both birds and dogs. After Ruth retired, she loved to travel with her very dear friend, Lawrence Barthel. They traveled to Minot, N.D.; Branson, Mo.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas, Nev.; and even made a trip back to her hometown of New Orleans. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, it was Ruth’s tradition to bang her pots and pans outside her back door, just because she could.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, Charles and Rudy; one brother, Leroy; and one great-granddaughter, Courtney Dawn Young.
Ruth is survived by her three children, Wayne (Heide) Rudolph of Las Vegas, Linda (Mike) Dryden of Glendive, and Terry (Amy) Rudolph of Baker; eight grandchildren, Troy Purvis, Kola (Lance) Miller, KyAnn (Bryan) Norcutt, Kori (Trevor) Purvis, Dustin Rudolph, Taylor (Christy) Rudolph, Blake (Kaylene) Rudolph, and Sailor Ann Elise Rudolph; 12 great-grandchildren, Alyssa Purvis, Paxton Miller, Kiana Miller, Alex Young, Cody Young, Cassie Young, Taylor Elise Young, Carly Young, Hunter Young, Fisher Young, Hunter Bailey, and Calib Soyland; special friend, Lawrence Barthel of Glendive; numerous nieces and nephews. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.