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Ruth Irene Lyste, 86, of Mayville, ND and formerly of Sharon, ND, passed away Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Luther Memorial Home in Mayville, ND. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 11:00am at Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, rural Northwood, ND. A visitation will be held Monday, February 2, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00pm with a 7:00pm prayer service at the Bilden Funeral Home in Northwood.
Ruth Irene Lyste was born on December 29, 1928, at home in rural Northwood, ND, to Arne and Caroline Trageton. She was raised on the family farm in rural Northwood and attended the country school near the homestead and Northwood High School. Ruth and Orlo C. Lyste were married in 1947 at the Beaver Creek parsonage in Northwood. They farmed and raised their family of six children together in Beaver Creek Township until Orlo's death on January 27, 1959. With the care of the church, community, and extended family, Ruth remained on the farm and raised their children. Her only son continues to farm the land.
Ruth enjoyed being involved with her church and 4-H, and she worked for a short time in the hot lunch program at the Sharon School. When she moved to Portland in 1976, she began work as a cook at the Mayville Hospital until her retirement.
As Ruth's children grew and had their own families, she came to love her children's spouses as her own, and her grandchildren brought her so much joy. Her favorite times were visits, phone calls, and playing games with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Just as her family was her greatest gift, her laughter, constant smile, and warmth were a blessing to them.
Ruth is preceded in death by her husband Orlo, one son-in-law, two sisters, one brother, one sister-in-law, and one infant granddaughter. She is survived by her six children: Carol (Glen) Holland of Casselton, Curtis (Nancy) Lyste of Sharon, Eileen (Richard) Winning of Valley City, Ione Hageberg of Fargo, Judith (Steven) Wold of Wayzata, MN, and Maribeth (Scott) Saeger of West Allis, WI. Also surviving her are fourteen grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Ruth was my second cousin and my best friend in 8 years of elementary school. I wish I could have gotten together with her later in life. My sympathy to her family, I'm sure a wonderful clan!
Kathryn Thorsgard Erickson Feb 4 2015 12:00 AM
I was so sorry to hear that Ruth had passed away. She was such a good lady. I enjoyed working with her at Union Hospital. She was always so happy, that you couldn't help be happy too. When she came into the nursing home, it made me sad that she was there. But her smile was as wonderful as always. When I would deliver clothes, my favorite stop was with her. I think she liked my dancing... she would shake her head but she would always have this little smile lurking on the corners of her mouth, and then it would burst into this big grin that lit up her whole face. I know that she will be greatly missed by her family. You were her everything! I can hear laugh and that is what I will remember about her.
Louise Tunseth Feb 4 2015 12:00 AM
Curtis, Eillen, Ione, Judy & Maribeth -- Sorry to hear about your mom passing away. She was always cheerful. And she raised some great kids!
Cheryl Thompson Feb 2 2015 12:00 AM
Eileen, so sorry to read about your mother. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Jan (Ust) Brown Feb 2 2015 12:00 AM
so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. Such a sweet woman. Will me seeing all of you in Mayville.
Mylo and Gayle Bakken Feb 1 2015 12:00 AM
Maribeth, Curtis, and Lyste Families, My sympathies and condolences on the loss of your mother. She was very helpful and supportive of my mother during their time together in Mayvillle. She has a great legacy and many memories for her children and grandchildren! Curt Haugtvedt and family
Curtis Haugtvedt Feb 1 2015 12:00 AM