Ruth Katherine Haydon

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ruth Katherine Haydon, a resident of Holiday Island, Arkansas, was born January 27, 1920 in Newhall, Iowa, a daughter of Henry and Sophie (Werning) Steinke. She departed this life Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Holiday Island, at the age of 93 years.

She was raised with a very strong, ever-present Lutheran faith. She continued all through her life to be a devoted participant in her churches, and actively demonstrated this faith to everyone around her.

Ruth was married to Carl G. Haydon in 1941. They lived in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Coralville, Iowa, before moving to Ill. in 1960. After 29 years in Rolling Meadows, Ruth and Carl moved to Paris, Ill., where Ruth remained for 15 more years. She relocated to Holiday Island, where she was close to family.

We rejoice that Ruth has experienced a Heavenly reunion with her husband Carl, her parents and brothers, her infant daughter, Nancy, many extended family members and Christian friends.

Ruth's surviving loved ones are far spread, but many, and include her four children: son, Rev. Kenneth & wife Bernadine Haydon of Eureka Springs; daughters, Karen & husband Joye McElwee of Fair Grove, Mo., Linda Waterman of Algonquin, Ill., Luann & husband Martin Mathesius of Bloomingdale, Ill.; grandchildren, Kurt Haydon, Heather Haydon, Anne Boothe, Jorene Brooks, Kristine Butts, Nathan McElwee, Melissa & husband Patrick Moss, Daniel & wife Lori Mathesius, and Kerri & husband Jeffrey Lewandowski; step-grandchildren, Johnathon & wife Laura Fairchild, Chad & wife Jennifer Fairchild, Beau Fairchild, Lt. Col. Michael & wife Jennifer Waterman, Paul Waterman, and Kelly Waterman; great-grandchildren, Kimball, MacKenzie, and Avery Haydon, Kaylin and Abigail Boothe, Julia Fairchild, Mia and Jonah Fairchild, Kyle & wife Chelsea Kirkpatrick, Felicia and Sarah Weiss, Chris & wife Marta Brooks, Jessica, Alyssa, and Skylar Butts, Kayla and Aiya McElwee, Eden and Nate Moss, Gianna Mathesius, Michael Jr., Erik and Nadia Waterman; great-great-grandchildren, Phoenix Kirkpatrick and Jasmine Brooks.

Funeral services for Ruth K. Haydon will be 11 a.m. on Monday, April 15, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Holiday Island, with Rev. Kenneth Haydon and Deacon James Moore officiating. Graveside will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the Merle Hay Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa. Memorial donations may be sent to the Grace Lutheran Church, 179 Holiday Island Drive, Holiday Island, Arkansas 72631. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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