Shirlee Ruff, 85, of Marshalltown, Iowa, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at the Iowa River Hospice House in Marshalltown, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 14, 2015, at Anderson Funeral Home, 405 W. Main St., Marshalltown. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Anderson Funeral Home, 405 W. Main St., Marshalltown. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in care to the Animal Rescue League of Marshalltown. Interment will take place in Rose Hill Memorial Garden Cemetery in Marshalltown. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Shirlee M. Ruff, daughter of Donald and Gertrude (Janssen) Hartsell was born September 7, 1930 at Kirksville, Missouri. She graduated from Kirksville High School with the class of 1947. She was married to Roger G. Ruff on September 11, 1947 at Kirksville. Five children were born to this union: Candi, Cristi, Rod, Cheri and Cindi. Shirlee and Roger spent their early years in Missouri before moving back and calling the Marshalltown area home for the next 50 years. Shirlee had several jobs in her life including: Kiowa Corporation for 17 years, Ramco Electric in West Des Moines and finally she worked at Cookies Etc. in the Marshalltown mall where she was affectionately known as the “cookie lady.” Some of her hobbies included golf, playing cards and enjoying Wednesday lunches with her lady friends. She most recently attended New Hope Christian Church in Marshalltown.
Surviving Shirlee are her children, Candi (Robert) Vernon of Clive, IA, Cristi (Joel) Pfantz of Melbourne, IA, Rod (Val) Ruff of Marshalltown, IA, Cheri (Tom) Reynolds of Golden, CO, and Cindi (John) Readout of Marshalltown; 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; parents, Donald and Gertrude; and brother, Bates