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“I am so sorry to see of Ruth's passing. Although I had not seen her for some years she was always a pleasant memory when thought of. She was a kind...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Dianne Strickler - Springville, IA

“Mrs. Benz was one of my favorite teachers! We shared the same birthday and she told me several years ago that she still thought of me every June 23rd...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Shawn Drake Hook - Humeston, IA

“Rest In Peace Mrs. Benz you will always be remembered as a very special dear teacher, may God watch over you and your family. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Brian Harrington - Dallas, TX

“Mrs. Benz was a favorite teacher of both of my brothers, while they were in grade school. My husband Steve Widmar, and I got to know Ruth years later...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Vanessia Oden - Cincinnati, IA

“I can still hear Ruth's voice to this day. It had such a unique quality. She was so kind and caring. Had so many fun times at their home playing...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Carol Kelley

“Please accept my condolences at this time, John and Goldie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Cynthia Amsden - Plano, IA

“Just wanted to tell you that Dottie Abrahamson keeps me in touch with your family. She teaches here in Urbandale where I work. I will not be able...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Julia Messersmith Taylor - Ankeny, IA

“To the Family... Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers, and may your loving memories give you peace. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson

“Mrs. Benz was my first grade teacher, and I loved her so much as a teacher. She was my favorite! Luckily I got to see her for many years at church. ...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Melanie (Phillips) Briggs - Albia, IA

“Rest in peace Mrs.Benz.......You were an amazing 3 rd grade teacher and I just loved all the years as a student at Lincoln Elementary...Thoughts and...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: maryjoadams - centerville, IA


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Mrs. Betty Ruth (McCoy) Benz, age 87, formerly of Centerville, Iowa, passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 5, 2015, in Littleton, Colorado, where she has resided for the last 2 ½ years.

Ruth was born on June 23, 1928 to Taylor and Iva McCoy in Centerville. She was married to her husband, James Edward Benz in 1946. They lived for a short time near Moulton, Iowa, after their marriage, but lived in Centerville, Iowa, for 60 years on the historic Prospect Dairy Farm.

James and Ruth were recognized as Farm Family of the year in 1974. Ruth, a farmer's wife, was also a well-known and respected grade-school teacher in the Appanoose and Centerville School Systems for over 30 years. In 1993 she was recognized for her excellence in teaching by being selected as Teacher of the Year by the Masonic Lodge. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization of women educators. Ruth was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Centerville where she served as a deaconess.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, 4 siblings, and her husband.

Ruth is survived by 1 sister (Bernice Craver, Exline, IA), 3 children (Judy Kiesz, Kirkland, WA; Barbara [John] Bowen, Littleton, CO; and John [Goldie] Benz, Olathe, KS), 8 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Centerville, Iowa with Pastor Lloyd Johnston officiating. A visitation will be held Wednesday, December 9 from 10AM-2PM at First Baptist Church in Centerville. Burial will follow in the Sharon Chapel Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the First Baptist Church and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.