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Ruth E. Woodall

Ruth E. Woodall, age 89, of Belle Fourche, formerly of Philip, died Monday, September 17, 2007, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.

Ruth Elizabeth Streeter Woodall, was born January 26, 1918, at Lake Preston to Harry N. and Mary Alice (Houlihan) Streeter. She grew up in Lake Preston, graduated from Lake Preston High School, the Eastern Normal School in Madison and attended Northern State and Black Hills State College.

As a young woman Ruth was a school teacher in DeSmet and Iroquois.

Ruth was united in marriage to Wayne "Woody" Woodall on May 2, 1945, in Rochester, MN. In 1946, the couple made their home in Belle Fourche. Ruth was a rural school teacher at the White School outside of Belle Fourche and then opened a private kindergarten in their home in Belle.

In 1964, the couple moved to Philip, where they owned and operated W.E. Woodall Funeral Home. In 1967, they built the Kadoka chapel, and in 1968, they purchased the funeral home in Wall. In 1970, they built the present funeral home in Wall. While in Philip, Ruth taught kindergarten in the Philip school system, helped Woody with the funeral business, and was active in church activities at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

After retiring on January 1, 1985, Ruth and Woody moved back to Belle Fourche. Ruth was a member of the St. Paul Catholic Church, the Ladies Alter Society, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Royal Neighbors of America, BPW, and Inquiry Club.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Ann Noziska and her husband, Howard, Chaska, MN, Janice Evans, Rapid City, and Gerry Renner, Black Hawk: five grandchildren, Kathy McGillivray and her husband, Jim, Lynd, MN, Kris Westin, and her husband Dan, Richfield, MN, Julie Larive, and her husband Ian, Vacaville, CA, Wayne Evans, Chicago IL,, Nate Evans, Rapid City, four great grandchildren (The Greats), and numerous friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband, "Woody", parents, one sister, Fern, and two infant siblings.

Visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip.

Visitation will continue on Thursday , September 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Belle Fourche, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 21, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Belle Fourche, with Father Tim Hoag as celebrant.

Interment will be in the Pine Slope Cemetery, Belle Fourche.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.