Ruth McKay, 72, formerly Jamestown and Bismarck, ND, died Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society in Oakes, ND.
Ruth Ann Bartkowski was born November 5, 1941, in Jamestown, ND, the second of five daughters born to August and Dorcas (Stockeland) Bartkowski. She attended school at Cogswell, ND, and graduated from Sisters of St. Joseph School of Nursing in Grand Forks in 1962. Ruth travelled extensively, working as a nurse in New York, Montana, Colorado, Iowa, before meeting her future husband, Leslie McKay, in Bloomfield, IA. The two were married in March 1973 in Lancaster, MO, where they then made their home in Bloomfield then Garner, IA. Les and Ruth moved to North Dakota in 1985, and Ruth worked as a Registered Nurse at the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown from 1986 until she retired in 2007. Ruth and Les were active volunteers at the Jamestown nursing homes, and they loved to travel and visited friends and family all over the United States and abroad. When Les died in 2010, Ruth made her home in Bismarck with daughter Emily's family where she was a very special grandma to grandson Flynn, 5.
Survivors include one son, Carl (Lynn) Walters, Manly, IA; 2 daughters: Jonell (Sean) Farrelly, Havertown, PA; Emily (Ted) Cash, Bismarck; 4 sisters: Lois Mousseau, West Fargo; Mary (Paul) Molick and Gail (Larry) Nelson, Moorhead, MN; and Lyn (Greg) Haring, Oakes, ND; and 6 grandchildren: Amanda (Ryan) Neff, Melissa Walters, Deirdre (Ryan) MacArthur, Sinead and Senan Farrelly, and Flynn Cash.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and a son, Brian McKay.
Eucharist of Christian Burial: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 8, 2014 at St. James Basilica, Jamestown, ND, with Father Al Bitz officiating.
Visitation: None scheduled. Arrangements are in the care of Williams-Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown.
Interment: 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 10, 2014 at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND.
Memorials: May be directed to Real Presence Radio.