Date of Death: 19 Jun 1912
Subject: Mary (Waltman) Ruhl
Source: Holt County Sentinel, 28 Jun 1912, p. 2
In the death of Mrs. Mary Ruhl, at the residence of her son, May V. Ruhl, near Rosendale, Andrew county, June 19, there was removed from the activities of this life a woman who had been identified with the progress and development of Northwest Missouri from an early day. A sufferer for several years, she was ever patient and awaited the summons which called her across the river which separates time from eternity. Although the cancer which caused death seemed about to sever the life-cord for weeks, she was permitted to live until June 19, exactly thirty-one years after the death of her husband, the hour of death in each instance being 8 o'clock in the evening.
Mary Waltman was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, February 26, 1827, and at the time of her death was a little more than 85 years old. She was married to William Ruhl, February 16, 1847, and soon after moved to Richland county, Ohio. In 1867 the family came to Missouri, and engaged in farming in Holt county, being among the first to develop the agricultural resources of that section of Northwest Missouri.
The place of residence of the family was changed in 1879, to Nodaway county, where on a farm two miles south of Maryville, Mr. Ruhl died in 1881. Upon the death of her husband, Mrs. Ruhl, with two sons, May V. and Willard S., continued in the management of the farm in which she was more than ordinarily successful. In 1890, with the two sons who had remained with her, she removed to Andrew county, having bought a farm seven miles northwest of Rosendale, which is still occupied by her son, May.
Mrs. Ruhl was confirmed in the faith of the Lutheran church in Richland county, Ohio, September 7, 1845. There being no congregation of that denomination in the community in which she lived, she transferred her membership to the Presbyterian church at New Point, Holt county, soon after coming to Missouri. She was a God-fearing, consistent member of that denomination until the hour of her death.
Surviving the deceased are three sons, May V., Willard S., and E. F. Ruhl, of Andrew county, and two daughters, Mrs. E. S. McDonald, of Oregon, Mo., and Mrs. D. W. Acton, of New Point, Mo. Another son, Amos W., died December 21, 1897. Left also to mourn the death of Mrs. Ruhl are twenty-nine grandchildren and forty great-grandchildren.
The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. W. McGlothlan, of Savannah, at the Gravel Wall church, in Andrew county. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church. The last sad rites were witnessed by a large number of friends and sorrowing relatives.