Ruth Marion Larson

April 25, 1931January 27, 2021

Ruth Marion (Helling) Larson, 89, of Ames passed away at Green Hills Community on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. She was born on April 25, 1931 in Michigan, North Dakota to Knute and Randi Helling where she grew up and attended school. Ruth was the second of a family of seven and lived on a farm south of Michigan. She was raised by Christian parents who instilled in her a strong faith.

Ruth attended Mayville State Teachers College for one year and transferred to North Dakota State University where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degree. She taught home economics in Fargo, North Dakota, Billings Montana, Columbia, Missouri, and Ames, Iowa.

Ruth’s parents emigrated from Norway. Her father came to the U.S. in 1915 and her mother in 1924. They were from the same area of Norway but met at Hallinglag in Fargo, North Dakota. Both Knute and Randi were active in the Hallinglag organization. Ruth was very proud of her Norwegian heritage. She took many trips to Norway and liked to keep traditions alive. She loved to bake using the Norwegian recipes which she then shared with friends and family. Ruth loved her family very much, and enjoyed staying connected with them.

Left to cherish Ruth’s memory are her three children, David Radcliffe, Barbara Radcliffe, and Judy Radcliffe; her brother, Arthur (Phyllis) Helling; and her sister, Martha Sorenson as well as many nieces and nephews. No service is scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church at 209 Colorado Ave, Ames, IA 50014.


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Lowell Larson

February 21, 2021

We enjoyed travelling with Ruth and our brother, Ken, on trips to England, and Branson, Missouri and on cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean. Ruth was a gracious hostess when we visited her and Ken in Columbia, Missouri and Ames, Iowa. She enjoyed cooking and often spoke fondly of her experiences as a high-school home economics teacher. It was a treat to bring home flatbread she had made and which we consumed as we travelled south back to Texas. I grew to liking playing bridge with her and Ken. It was a card game she greatly enjoyed.

Rod Helling

February 4, 2021

Dave, Judy and Barb,
I wish to share my deepest sympathies and prayers to you all during this time.
Ruth was a wonderful Aunt, to all us cousins, I have so many wonderful memories and will never forget her kindness, grit and positive impact on me.
As a struggling teen she made so proud to be a Helling and of my heritage and that I could take on the world and make a difference for good.
Can't wait to see you all again to give hugs and some tears too.

Family of Rod Helling
Son of Ruth's brother Milo

Marlene Helling

February 3, 2021

I am sorry to see your mother died. I wish I had known her. My father-in law ole Helling was knutes brother and he came over from Norway also. He was the youngest child. My husband use to go to North Dakota to visit them

Jo Ann, John, Alex and Andrew Kovar

January 31, 2021

Barb, Judy and David,
I am so sorry about your loss. Ruth was one of my favorite people at St. Andrews. I served with her on the Fellowship Committee and really enjoyed her friendliness and wit. I also have fond memories of her wearing her beautiful Norwegian costume to celebrate Norwegian Independence Day. She was someone I always looked forward to seeing at church on Sunday. You are in our prayers.
Jo Ann Kovar

Marlene Geiger

January 31, 2021

Dear Family of Ruth, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very special lady and I was privileged to have met her, worked with her as a PEO sister and ISUWC member, and know her as a friend. She was the most gracious hostess I ever met and who did everything with a big smile and twinkle in her eye. May your many memories keep her close to you.
Marlene Geiger

Randi Lindberg

January 30, 2021

My deepest condolences to Barb, David and Jay on the loss of their mother. Hugs and prayers to them as well as to all of those who knew and loved Ruth. There are many of us who hold a special place in their heart for Ruth. Ruth was my aunt and my father Manley’s sister. I will always remember her spunky spirit and her pretty smile! She lived a full life and now she is surrounded by her family in heaven! What a celebration that will be! God’s peace. 🙏♥️
Randi Lindberg