Visitation: Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Service: Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011 at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD with burial to follow at Canton Lutheran Cemetery.
Ruth Thorsby, age 93, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at her daughter’s home in St. Petersburg, Fl. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011 at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD with burial to follow at Canton Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Ruth Marie (Larson) Thorsby was born in Canton, SD on January 10, 1918. She graduated from Canton High School and then completed a certificate of secretarial training in Sioux Falls. She worked at the army depot in Igloo, SD where she met Ed Thorsby. They were married at Broadus, MT in 1943 and proceeded to have seven children. His career took her and their kids to Oregon and then to Japan.
She was active in the church her whole life and worked for several years as secretary at Canton Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Business Professional Women, VFW Auxiliary, Smithsonian Institute and worked as secretary for the American Cancer Society. She also enjoyed her book clubs, bridge clubs, church circles and bowling teams. After her retirement, she spent the rest of her years taking care of and spoiling her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children; Karin and Denton McCoy, Hilliard, FL; David and Sandra (VanBuskirk), Canton, SD; Kathrin Hooper, Kenneth City, FL; Karla and Daryl Hardy, Canton, SD; Kija Hardy, St. Petersburg, FL; Kristie and James Gibbens, Deadwood, SD. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, her oldest son, Daniel, and her grandson, Eric.
She was best known for her wonderful sense of humor, her cooking, her loving, generous spirit and her complete devotion to her family. She was a natural-born mother and “adopted” several other children wherever she lived. She has touched many people and will be terribly missed.