Ruth Goldsmith
November 15, 1922 - July 3, 2020
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Pearson Family Funeral Service - Corning
701 7th St.
Corning, IA 50841
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Friday 7/10, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Corning First Presbyterian Church
907 Grove Ave
Corning, IA 50841
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Saturday 7/11, 2:00 pm
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Prairie Rose Cemetery
Corning, Iowa 50841
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~ Corning Specialty Care
~ Corning First Presbyterian Church
~ Adams County 4-H Foundation

Ruth Evelyn (Mitchell) Goldsmith passed away on July 3, 2020, at Corning Specialty Care at the age of 97 years, 7 months, and 18 days. Ruth was born November 15, 1922, to Henry and Genevieve (Jennie) Starks Mitchell on their second generation family farm in Taylor County, Iowa, south of Corning. For Ruth, life was…

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Randy Clark left a message on July 17, 2020:
Most of my memories of Ruth date back to my childhood when my Mom (Doris Clark) and us kids (Randy, Gary and Carole) visited her country home with the tree swing out front. We had fun playing with Helen and Kathy. Ruth was a shining example of optimism, faith, hospitality and love.
Carole Bunse left a message on July 14, 2020:
Ruth leaves a wonderful legacy of God's love.
Kasie Bissell left a message on July 11, 2020:
I will always remember Ruth as the most caring woman!! I have every single birthday card she sent me!! She never forgot me on my birthday and thats very special to me!! She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her!! I love you Ruth!! I know you will be another guardian angel for us down her!! I will miss seeing you at the care center!! I will never forget you!!
Carolyn Harvey left a message on July 10, 2020:
Aunt Ruth was a great woman! She was always happy, positive and loved everyone. I have wonderful childhood memories of staying at her house. Our love and prayers are with the family.
Eva Breakenridge-Harter left a message on July 10, 2020:
Well, ya know....we humans talk a lot about angels but so few of us really meet or get to know one who walks among us. if any were lucky enough to know Ruth Goldsmith you knew one. If you knew her your world was a lot brighter. If you were part of her immediate family you were blessed beyond measure. I could be here a long time typing about her lovely life experiences...but you know. Now we thank God for sharing with all of us this wonderful angel as Jesus opens his arms and walks with her in the Garden of Heaven. Love....everlasting.
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Rich and Cindy Drake left a message on July 9, 2020:
Kathy and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I never had the pleasure of meeting your mom but from the sounds of it, I missed a wonderful opportunity by not knowing her. May the grace and blessings of the Lord be with you and your family, and remember that God gave us memory that we might have roses in December.
sharon k russell left a message on July 8, 2020:
Goldsmith families, I have had the honor of knowing your mother for many years. I have birthday cards from her when I was a little girl and received one from her for my 80th birthday. What a special lady, neighbor and friend she was . My sincere sympathy
sharon k russell left a message on July 8, 2020:
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Jo Belding left a message on July 8, 2020:
Dear Kathy and families, What a wonderful tribute to your mother. I so loved taking care of her, but especially loved visiting with her. She definitely saw the good and greatness in every situation and person. Classy lady!!! Loved her. Thinking of you during her celebration of her life! Jo Belding
Chris Uhing left a message on July 7, 2020:
So sorry for your loss! She was the Best! Words are hard to find. She was a light in the darkness of this earth, a true catalyst teaching many of the love of Christ💜😇Love you all
Mary C McCarthy left a message on July 6, 2020:
Dear Family of Ruth, I am so sorry I never met the remarkable Ruth Goldsmith. For years I heard about her from her loving son Gordon so I feel like I know her. Plus, I have been to Villisca and Nodaway thanks to my college friend Kathy Scott Peterson. My condolences to Gordon, Sara and all of Mrs. Goldsmith's family and friends. These COVID upside down times make a loss seem even harder but I know that your Mother and Grandmother's voice will never leave you - this is what a wise man named Michael Lensing told me when my Mom died five years ago. He is correct. From reading about her I know that her legacy extends a good example and loving ways well beyond the Goldsmith family. Peace and pause as you grieve and celebrate a very special woman.
Bruce R Jones left a message on July 6, 2020:
Hi, I am Bruce Jones, & with my wife Judys technical assistance, l sang & entertained at the Corning Care Center once a month since November of 2018 until the Covid virus rules put an end to that. Ruth once told me that my late mother in law Anna Ruth Hardisty was like a ray of sunshine! Well, that's the way I felt about Ruth Goldsmith every time I came to entertain or visit! Ruth was a wonderful person who always made Judy & I feel really good about coming to entertain at the Care Center, & I truly enjoyed any time I visited with Ruth! She will be missed, & I know she is in a good place!
Lauren (Hess) Davison left a message on July 6, 2020:
Kathy and family- so sorry for your loss! Ruth was a wonderful woman. I always enjoyed reading her and Grandma's letters over the years. Enjoyed getting to meet and visit her when I was working in Corning! Sending prayers to all of you!
DeAnn Hensdale left a message on July 6, 2020:
Ruth was a wonderful person and a blessing to everyone who knew her. She will be deeply missed. Condolences to the family! We loved our “Queen Mum”!
Megan Shatava left a message on July 6, 2020:
Thinking of Ruth's family at this difficult time
James and Shari Devine ( son of Raymond and Framces Devine ) left a message on July 5, 2020:
Sorry to hear of her passing. Bless you and you family at this hard time.🙏 My husband Jim, would walk down her lane after school, and she would feed them cookies. This is one of his most memorable memories.
David Narigon left a message on July 5, 2020:
Rest in peace my friend. From one of the children in your village whose life you impacted.
karen a anderson left a message on July 5, 2020:
From Karen Haley Anderson Remember Me by Mark Schultz:
Karen Haley Anderson left a message on July 5, 2020:
Dear Gordon, Helen, Kathy and Families, My sincere and deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear sweet mom, Ruth. May God bless you and keep you and may your memories of her sustain you during this difficult time. It is impossible to put into mere words just how much your mom, Ruth, has touched my life, as well as countless other children who grew up in the Nodaway community. My mom, Dolores, and my aunt, Joan, were the Dynamic Duo in taking turns driving me and my siblings, Sandy, Diane, Kathy and Chris and my cousins, Connie, Jolene and Cheryl to Sunday School and Bible School at the Nodaway United Methodist Church when we were young. There was no option on whether to go or not, we were there – it was woven into the very fabric of our lives. Enter Ruth Goldsmith, and the “Dynamic Duo” became the “Three Muskateers” because she, Mom and Joan were good friends and, together, they influenced my Christian faith more than any other people in my life! Your mom was truly a “super hero” when it came to teaching Sunday School. Ruth taught Sunday School at the Nodaway United Methodist Church for over 60 years and I was one of the many fortunate children to have been blessed to have had her as my teacher. She was kind, loving and calm in all situations and the light of Jesus shone from her twinkling blue eyes that were filled with His love! Ruth was my teacher for both 3rd and 4th grades, I believe, and I know in my heart of hearts, she rooted my Christian faith more than any other teacher. Before Ruth, I thought of Jesus only as an adult sitting on a throne of judgment next to God. But in her class, I learned a lot about Jesus as a young boy and I found it so amazing that He had once been a kid like me! But the most loving thing that she instilled in me and others in my class was that Jesus was right beside me all of the time. In fact, I could ask him to come live in my heart and He would live there FOREVER. Your mom taught me that I could talk to Him in good times and bad and He would always hear me and love me no matter where I was or what was going on in the world. That is true peace! Later, I was blessed to have Ruth as my 4-H leader, along with Barbara Spring and later, Sonja Walter. As a member of the Loyal Lassies 4-H club, I remember fondly how patient and forgiving your mom was even when I messed up and didn’t have my dreaded achievement book up to date. I also remember the great fun we had when the Loyal Lassies 4-H club camped out together at the Lake of Three Fires near Bedford. We made “Buddy Burners” out of a large empty aluminum coffee can (turned upside down) with a small hole cut out of the can to allow us to slide an empty tuna fish can underneath that was filled with wound up pieces of cardboard cut to fit into the can. We melted wax and poured it over the cardboard and a small wick was placed in the center of the wax laden cardboard to light. When lit, the heat from the tuna can would make the bottom of the coffee can hot and we could cook on top of the bottom of the coffee can. We cooked bacon and after that was done, we cooked fried eggs in the bacon grease. Yum! Our “Buddy Burners” were all made out of recyclable materials! Move over Girls Scouts for the Loyal Lassies 4-H Club! Let’s say Ruth was an environmentalist and into recycling way before it was considered cool! Another favorite 4-H memory were the glorious hay rack rides we would have in the fall. We would roast hot dogs on long sticks over a big bon fire. Then came the hay rack ride with kids throwing shoes and personal items from rack to rack and sometimes jumping off the rack and getting back on the rack or running ahead and jumping on the next rack to be with a boyfriend or girlfriend (even though they were told not to do it). I can see your dad, Earl, and my dad Calvin, and Uncle Jim and all the other patient 4-H dads driving those tractors as we goofed off on the hay rack. But the best part for me was being freezing cold and coming back to the home of the host family and having hot chocolate and yummy glazed doughnuts after the ride was over. I can still see Ruth and the other 4-H moms all in the kitchen with smiles on their faces. They enjoyed the kids and each others’ company so much! Such carefree happy times and beautiful memories that your precious mom gave to so many of us!! There is a beautiful song recorded by Mark Schultz entitled “Remember Me” in 1998. I love it so much because every time I hear it, it reminds me of your sweet mom, Ruth. In the middle of the song, the lyrics are: “Remember Me when the children leave their Sunday School with smiles.” The lyrics are referring to Jesus but for me, the lyrics have a double meaning. The meaning for me is both Jesus and your mom because I know that every Sunday that your mom taught Sunday School there were children who left her Sunday School with smiles! I will forever think of her every time I hear it. Gordon, Helen and Kathy, you may feel with your mom’s passing, a very big light has been extinguished from your lives. But in reality, the light of your Mom’s life, has not gone out, it just grew a pair of wings and soared off toward Heaven. With love and sympathy from one grateful farm kid, Karen Haley Anderson
Mary Crees (and her daughters Renee, Lauri and Brenda) left a message on July 5, 2020:
Dear Goldsmith family, We are so very sorry to hear this. Ruth has meant the world to our mom, Mary, this past year they've been in the nursing home together. Ruth's gentle smile, kind words and loving nature was a gift our mom has been blessed to experience--she will be dearly missed! Please know our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
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Max and Dorothy Goodvin left a message on July 5, 2020:
We enjoyed your mother so much while visiting others at the Care Center. We always felt blessed each time by her uplifting perspective on life and the joy she shared; we will miss her at the lunch table. Our heartfelt sympathy to each of you.
Dan and Jane Seaton left a message on July 5, 2020:
Ruth was such a kind and loving soul. May she be a peace and you find comfort in your memories!
Dave Tolliver left a message on July 5, 2020:
My condolences to each of you. Dave Tolliver
Jeff & Re Nae Fulton left a message on July 5, 2020:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gail McLure left a message on July 4, 2020:
Gordon, what a lovely lady your mother was. I'm thinking of you and send my condolences. Gail McLure
Sandra And Richard Reiter left a message on July 4, 2020:
I’m so sorry for your loss. Richard and I send our condolences for you and your family.
Ann Myers left a message on July 4, 2020:
I was happy to call Ruth my friend. I will remember her smile and her gift for having fun. She will be missed.
Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center left a message:
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