Ruth Elizabeth Braught

October 3, 1935 ~ October 9, 2019 (age 84)


Ruth Elizabeth Braught was born to Luther and Flossie Allen on October 3, 1935 at Leon, Iowa and died October 9, 2019 at Terre Haute, IN at Westminster Village.  She attended Des Moines, Iowa Roosevelt High School where she met Loran R. Braught, they married at Des Moines First Methodist Church on September 26, 1954.  They had three sons; Mark, living in Commerce, GA, Mike living in Georgetown, TX with wife Katheryn and two daughters, Hannah and Sarah, as well as Matt living in Sharpsville, IN with wife Jennifer and their children Ben, Melanie, and Alexander.  Ruth earned a BA, and MA degrees in education pus Reading Specialist at Indiana State University with honors.  She was elected to Phi Delta Kappa Education Nation Honor Society, was a long-time Iowa Horse Show Ring Secretary, horse breeder and trainer.  She volunteered as a summer camp counselor and committee chairperson of Des Moines YWCA Camping Committee.  She was P.E.O annual convention, Iowa President of Methodist Youth Fellowship, NRA Benefactor Member and volunteer NRA Annual Convention Hostess. Ruth was Wabash Valley Council Boy Scout of Boy Scout of America Roundtable Commissioner, Silver Beaver recipient, Philmont Reservation White Buffalo, National Commissioner Training Camp graduate, First women Wabash Valley Wood Badge recipient, and an exceptionally active Boy Scout Mother.    Ruth received the National Methodist Women’s Service Award, an Outstanding Teacher’s Award, and was a noted artist who painted several elementary school murals, and other school items.  She once drove the school bus and simultaneously was an elementary school substitute teacher.  She was an avid flower gardener, volunteer for Hospice and Habitat for Humanity as well as supporter and volunteer of numerous other non-for-profit local, state, and national organizations.  She was founding Secretary of the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society and Life Member of the Indiana Genealogy Society as well as a long time member and supporter of the Iowa Genealogy Society.  Services for Ruth will be held at a later date.  Online condolences may be left at

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