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Ruth M. Alexander

June 8, 1924 — August 7, 2018


Ruth M. Alexander, age 94, of Richmond, IL, and formerly of Elkhart, IN, passed away at Centegra Hospital in McHenry, IL. She was born in Elkhart to Wilmer A. and Ruth M. (Black) Yergin on June 8, 1924. In 1944, Ruth enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served her country in World War II with the WAVES. On June 29, 1947, she married Jack Alexander, in Elkhart, IN.

A lifetime resident of Elkhart, Ruth moved to Richmond, IL, last year to be closer to her family. During her lifetime, she was employed by the City of Elkhart Comptroller’s Office, as well as many other businesses, as a bookkeeper. At the time of her passing, Ruth was a proud and active member of the DAV. In her free time, Ruth tended to her garden, crocheted, enjoyed cooking and baking, and challenged her mind with crossword puzzles. A woman with quick wit and a sense of humor, Ruth never missed the opportunity to remind someone she was left-handed.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Hank) Smit; two grandchildren, Alie (Jon) Stansbury and Amie (Todd) Green; five great-grandchildren, Sophie, James, Ben, Maisie, and Teddy.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jack, in 1987; her son, John Alexander; her younger sister, Velma; and her special feline companion, Cutsie.

For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, Ruth’s family would greatly appreciate donations to the Humane Society of Elkhart County at 54687 County Road 19, Bristol, IN 46507 or to the Elkhart branch of the Disabled American Veterans, 1205 Middleton Run Rd, Elkhart, IN 46516.

Graveside services will be held at 1 pm, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 at Rice Cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard and the D.A.V. #19.

Arrangements are entrusted to Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Humane Society of Elkhart County
54687 County Road 19, Bristol IN 46507
Tel: 1-574-848-4225

Disabled American Veterans #19
Elkhart IN

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