Ruth J Miller
October 16, 1917 ~ February 4, 2020
Ruth J. Miller, age 102, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Hampton following the funeral mass. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Saturday. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Holy Family Parish or Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Ruth Josephine was born October 16, 1917, the daughter of Frank and Abbie (Croot) Hayes in Hardin County. She was one of nine children and was raised on the family farm. Ruth was always busy helping her mother with her younger siblings. She was a graduate of New Hartford High School and then worked at various nursing homes and helped care for children in her home. Ruth met her husband, Frank Way on a blind date. The couple were united in marriage in 1939 and welcomed one son, Ronald. When their son was just three years old, Frank was killed in the Battle of the Bulge. Ruth continued to care for children in her home as she raised Ron on her own. She later met her husband, Leslie Miller at a card party. Ruth and Leslie were married in 1955 and made their home in New Hampton. Though, Leslie passed away in 2014, Ruth remained on their farm until the age of 99 and only moved to the nursing home recently. She was always proud of her large garden and enjoyed crafting throughout the years. Ruth was known to especially enjoy a good game of cards. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and then Holy Family Parish. Ruth is survived by her son, Ron (Debbee) Way of Dunkerton, IA; her granddaughter, Dr. Stephanie (Dan) White of Madrid, IA; grandson, Clark (Renee) Way of Des Moines, IA; two great-grandchildren, Keenan and Marshall; her siblings, Lou (Sandy) Mazzu, Larry (Candy) Hayes, and Audrey Brinker; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Frank and Leslie; and her siblings, Katherine, Bob, Mary, Marjorie, and Claude.