Ruth M. Sharp
Ruth M. Sharp, age 86 of Rapid City, S.D., formerly of Interior, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.
Ruth M. Whitcher was born November 10, 1925, in Pedro, the daughter of Walter and Rose Jane (Chapman) Whitcher. She grew up in the Wall area where she received her education. As a young girl she opted out of school to take care her mother. Thus began her life of taking care of others.
Ruth was united in marriage to Willard Sharp on July 4, 1951. They lived various places in South Dakota for a short time before settling in Interior. While in Interior, Ruth raised her five children and was very active in the United Presbyterian Women’s Auxiliary. Ruth dedicated her life to raising her children, and later enjoyed being a grandmother and great-grandmother.
After Willard’s death on August 20, 2003, Ruth moved to Philip where she remained until moving to the Summerset Court Assisted Living in 2007. Ruth enjoyed many activities there, including bingo, cards, dominoes, eating Jerry’s Cakes and Donuts, and Rush hockey games.
Ruth was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church in Interior, and a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Martin.
Survivors include four daughters, Virginia Sharp of Gillette, Wyo., Shirley Sweezy and her husband, Warren, of Box Elder, Barbara Bishop and her husband, Willy, of Buffalo, Wyo., and Cindy Sharp-Cobble and her husband, Jerry, of Lenzburg, Ill.; one son, Dennis Sharp and his wife, Sara, of Interior; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter Whitcher, Jr. and his wife, Jenny, of Crawford, Neb.; two nieces that spent a lot of time on the Sharp Ranch, April and Ellen; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Willard, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James Whitcher; and two sisters, Hope Whitcher and Alice Faith Naescher.
Services were held Monday, February 20, at the Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Gary Wahl officiating.
Music was provided by Dorothy Shearer, organist, and Dan Templar, vocalist.
Ushers were Monte and Jim Whitcher. Pallbearers were Joel, Jason, Shane and Darryn Lewison, Donny Bishop, Tyler, David and Levi Sharp.
Interment was at the Wall Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com