Ruth Barkhurst

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Ruth C. Barkhurst, 96, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at the Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.

Ruth was born March 30, 1916, near West Liberty, the daughter of Ray and Mary Barnes Rockafellow. She was a graduate of West Liberty High School in 1933. On June 5, 1935, she was united in marriage to Harold Barkhurst in West Liberty, he died on January 30, 1991.

She had been employed with Proctor and Gamble in Iowa City for over 20 years, retiring in 1977. She enjoyed reading, quilting, gardening, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.

She was a member of West Liberty United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two daughters: Carol (Fred) Miller and Wanda (Wayne) Jarrard both of Atalissa; son Kenneth (Diane) Barkhurst of Huntley, Ill; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and five (one expected) great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold, brother and sister-in-law Lowell and Irene Rockafellow and brother and sister-in-law Lester and Nadine Rockafellow.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. Visitation will be held today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, West Liberty.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Memorials may be made to Iowa City Hospice or American Cancer Society.
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