Ruth Mary (Hurst) Abbott, 86, of Brooklyn Center

Published 9:27am Thursday, March 21, 2013 Updated 11:30am Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ruth Abbott, formerly of Battle Lake, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Ruth, the youngest of five children, was born on Jan. 7, 1927, in Annandale, to the Rev. Wesley and Frieda Hurst.

Ruth was the creator of the Phelps Mill Festival in Ottertail, was an active member of the Art of the Lakes Association in Battle Lake, and of the Battle Lake Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

Ruth has had a huge impact on her family, friends and those around her through her strong and steady faith, care for her husband, love for her children, and her immense creativity.

At her Meanwhile Pottery studio, Ruth blended ministry into her unique hand-built pottery, which has been enjoyed by many.

Through her patient, unconditional love along with her willingness to listen and provide comfort, Ruth became a “second mother” to others throughout her life. As said of the Proverbs 31 woman, “Her children arise and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.” (v28)

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Wesley; and a sister, Polly Gotta.

Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Warren “Bud” Abbott; children (the “6 Ds”), David (Jane) of Fargo, Dede McClary (Ric) of Richmond, Vt., Dan (Terri) of Fargo, Delayne Johnson (Russ) of Janesville, Wis., Don (Lisa) of Big Lake, and Dean (Stephanie) of Robbinsdale; 17 grandchildren, Mark, Natalie, Jon (Kelli), Tallie (Greg), Tara (John), Aaron (Alexis), Matthew, Kryshel (Jeremiah), Shaleah, Quinn, Andrew, Austin, Shealyn, Gabriella, Mariah, Isaac, and Adeline; many great-grandchildren; a sister Phyllis Beebe of Eau Claire, Wis.; and a brother D.V. “Dewey” of Kirkland, Wash. Visitation: Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel, 4239 West Broadway, Robbinsdale, and one hour prior to the service at the church

Service: 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Hope Lutheran Church, 5200 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis

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