RUTH JUDITH (MOEN) ANTONSON, 97, of Bison, SD, formerly of Halliday, ND, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at West River Regional Medical Center, Hettinger, ND. Services will be held at 10:00 AM CDT Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Beulah, with Pastor Kent Sperry officiating. Burial will follow in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery, Halliday, ND. Visitation will be from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Tuesday at Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah.
Ruth Judith (Moen) Antonson was born on July 10, 1919 in Halliday, ND to Knud and Ingeborg (Frafjord) Moen. Ruth was the oldest of four children; Clarence, Anna Marie, and Thilmen. She attended Halliday High School and graduated in 1937. Ruth continued her education for one more year at Dickinson State College in Dickinson, ND. Following college, she worked for the Selective Service System offices in Killdeer, Medora, Beach, and Crosby. She made lifelong friendships during this time with Adeline Schell, Gladys Stenberg, Lillian Anhalt, Luella Steinbach, and Lillian Stromme. Ruth met Art Antonson, her future husband, while working in Crosby.
She later attended Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, MN. After Bible College, she worked in the pension office for the Evangelical Lutheran Church headquarters in Minneapolis. While living in Minneapolis, Ruth sang in the choir for the first Billy Graham Crusade held there, one of the ways which reflected Ruth’s deep devotion and personal love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Art and Ruth were married on November 7, 1953, and farmed in New Rockford, ND before moving to Halliday to continue farming. Ruth was an active member at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Halliday teaching Sunday school, singing in the adult choir, participating in Circle, and serving as church secretary. She later became a charter member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Beulah, ND.
Ruth was a devoted farm wife and mother enjoying gardening, canning, raising chickens, baking, sewing, and playing piano. She passed on these activities and her love for Jesus to her children. Her children have fond memories of the aroma of freshly baked bread and caramel rolls waiting for them as they arrived home from school. Ruth had an open door to their home where friends and family were always welcome.
One of her greatest joys was being a grandmother to her seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She always had fresh-baked cookies in her cookie jar whenever they visited “grandma’s house.” For holiday meals, everyone looked forward to her homemade cinnamon and dinner rolls. During the holiday season, Ruth also enjoyed serving the traditional Norwegian lutefisk and homemade lefse. Above all, Ruth’s personal relationship and love for God guided her in all areas of her life. Her deepest desire was that everyone would come to know Jesus and live out a personal relationship with Him.
Ruth is survived by her children, Paul Antonson of Faribault, MN, Sandra (Jim) Hoeflein of LaCenter, WA, David Antonson of Halliday, ND, Carolyn (Joe) Martinetti of Bismarck, ND, Joyce (Max) Matthews of Bison, SD; grandchildren, Christine (Cliff) Wilson, Julie (Josh) Faul, Keri (Chad) Hamilton, Heather Schulz, Joe (Leah) Martinetti II, Josh Martinetti, Jordan Martinetti; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Anna Marie Dahlen of Bismarck, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Knud and Ingeborg Moen; husband, Arthur Antonson; and two brothers, Clarence and Thilmen Moen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Billy Graham Evangelical Association (BGEA).
Arrangements conducted by Barbot Funeral Homes, Beulah and Hazen.