Ruth E. Tibbs, age 78 of Cottage Grove, passed away unexpectedly with her family by her side on Thursday, August 17, 2023.
Ruth Ellen Tibbs, the daughter of Henry and Martha (Ambron) Sauerbrey, was born September 17, 1944, in Dairyland, WI.
Ruth graduated from Webster High School in 1963 and married Clayton E. Tibbs on January 8, 1966. They had two children and moved to Cottage Grove in December of 1976. Ruth worked multiple jobs throughout her life at Peters Meats, Pearson Candy, and Gillette. In her free time, she enjoyed crocheting, gardening, canning, fishing, and camping. Ruth and Clayton eventually had 4 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, and 3 great grandchildren that they took immense pride and joy in.
She is survived by her daughter, Paula (Pat) Elling; grandchildren, Owen (Becca) Adams, Chris (Jessica) Moldrem, Evan Olson, Jerry (Skylar) Tibbs, and Amanda Tibbs; great grandchildren, Hope Marincel, CJ Moldrem, and Alita Adams; siblings, MaryAnn (Dean) Loucks, Martha (George) Hauer, Orville (Elaine) Sauerbrey, and Linda (Jim) Grinnell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Tibbs; son, Clayton Tibbs Jr., and 16 brothers and sisters.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 1pm at Kok Funeral Home (7676 80th Street S. Cottage Grove, MN) with visitation beginning at 12pm until the time of the service. Ruth will be laid to rest at Newport Cemetery beside her beloved husband, Clayton.
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