Ruth Mildred Statelen, 77, a Havre resident, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at a Lewistown medical center.

Funeral services will be on Friday at 11

a.m. at the Fifth Avenue Christian Church with the Rev. Rowlie Hutton officiating. A luncheon will be served following the services and

burial will follow at the Wing Cemetery.

Ruth was born in Turner to William and Hazel Hutton on April 14, 1926.

Ruth married Albert Orville Statelen on Aug. 7, 1942, and they enjoyed 60 years together. She worked hand in hand with her husband on the farm.

In the late 1950s, Ruth and her sister, Esther, operated the Turner Caf. After moving to Havre in 1960, she worked alongside Al in his massage therapy practice. Ruth loved working Shaklee and built her business to coordinator. She loved the Lord and was active in the Fifth Avenue Christian Church. Her entire life was devoted to raising her children and enjoying her grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, on Dec. 12, 2002.

Survivors include her son, Calvin (Maureen) Statelen of Chinook; daughters, Alberta (Stan) Booth of Malta, Carmen (Roger) Hammond of Australia, and Marlys (Bret) Carpenter of Lewistown; sisters, Esther Statelen and O'Marie VanValkenburg, both of Chinook, and Priscilla Reed of Shannavon, Saskatchewan; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Fifth Avenue Christian Church or to the Little Rockies Christian Camp, Box 1328, Havre, MT 59501.

Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home.


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