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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ruth Elise (Stark) Bronson

Ruth Elise (Stark) Bronson

Ruth Elise (Stark) Bronson, age 88, of Glendive, Montana peacefully passed to be with our Lord on Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Glendive Medical Center Extended Care in Glendive.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glendive with Father Francis Schreiber officiating.  Rite of Committal will follow in the Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive.  Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Ruth was born on September 4, 1925 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the daughter of Frank L.  Stark and Esther Elizabeth Scott.  She was raised and educated in New Orleans, Louisiana where she graduated high school with the class of 1943.  In 1942, at the age of sixteen, Ruth was crowned as one of the nine court Mardi Gras Festival Queens.  She was very proud of this honor.

In 1948, Ruth married Francis “Rudy” Rudolph and to this union three children were born; Wayne, Linda, and Terry.  In 1977, she married Charles Bronson, who preceded her in death in 1990.

Ruth was a very hard worker.  She held various jobs throughout her lifetime: telephone operator for Mountain Bell; cashier at the Red Owl and Reynolds Grocery in Baker, Montana; cashier at Safeway store in Glendive; home health aide for the Dawson County Health Department; cook at the Washington in Glendive and lastly she was a cook at the Grandview Retirement Home from which she retired at age seventy-five.  But the “job” she most treasured was that of being a mother.  She was the best mother any child could ever ask for and would drop everything at any given moment for her children.  This pattern continued as she became a grandmother and great-grandmother.

Ruth stayed busy; she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Kitchen Band, Garden Club and a GMC Volunteer.  Ruth loved to square dance and listen to the Indy 500 on the radio.  She loved all music; especially country, gardening and she cherished her pets, both birds and dogs.  After Ruth retired she loved to travel with her very dear friend, Lawrence Barthel.  They traveled to Minot, North Dakota; Branson, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; Las Vegas, Nevada and even made a trip back to her hometown of New Orleans.  At midnight on New Year’s Eve, it was Ruth’s tradition to bang her pots and pans outside her back door, just because she could. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, Charles and Rudy; one brother, Leroy; and one great-granddaughter, Courtney Dawn Young.

Ruth is survived by her three children, Wayne (Heide) Rudolph of Las Vegas, Linda (Mike) Dryden of Glendive, and Terry (Amy) Rudolph of Baker; eight grandchildren, Troy Purvis, Kola (Lance) Miller, KyAnn (Bryan) Norcutt, Kori (Trevor) Purvis, Dustin Rudolph, Taylor (Christy) Rudolph, Blake (Kaylene) Rudolph, and Sailor Ann Elise Rudolph; twelve great-grandchildren, Alyssa Purvis, Paxton Miller, Kiana Miller, Alex Young, Cody Young, Cassie Young, Taylor Elise Young, Carly Young, Hunter Young, Fisher Young, Hunter Bailey, and Calib Soyland; special friend, Lawrence Barthel of Glendive; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.

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