Delores E. Ruffridge

Monday, October 23, 2017 4:41 pm

Delores E. Ruffridge, 87, of Mabel, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel, with the Rev. Elliott Malm officiating. Burial is in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church.

Delores was born Jan. 26, 1930, in rural Mabel, to Arland and Alma (Soiney) Peterson. She graduated from the Mabel High School. She was married to Richard Ruffridge in Mabel April 17, 1948. They lived in Mabel. Delores worked at Jim’s Café, the American Legion and the Skyline Supper Club. She was a part owner of The Countryside Inn, and worked 22 years at Herzog Drugs.
She was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church and enjoyed shopping, dancing, trips to Chanhassen Dinner Theater, dancing, puzzles, playing cards and traveling; but mostly, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Delores is survived by two daughters, Maureen (Gary) Arneson of Mabel and Kelly of Dallas, Texas; three sons: Kerry of Riceford, Minn., Brent (Jill) of Monona, Wis. and Kirk (Veronica) of Bentonville, Ark.; ten grandchildren: Kimberly (Michael) Blaess, Todd (Billie Jo) Horgen, Jason (Teresa) Ruffridge, Spencer Ruffridge, Kelsey, Andrew, Abby, Molly, Victoria and Denton Ruffridge; three step-grandchildren: Robert Arneson, Heather (Bryan) Billmyer and Heidi (Susie) Arneson. She had several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorene Lee, of Mabel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her parents; a son, Randy; a sister, Delone Loftsgaarden; brother, Dale Peterson; an infant brother; and brothers-in-law, Charles Loftsgaarden and Odell Lee, Jr.

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