Ruth C. Gentry, 89, of Atkinson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family. A Funeral Mass to celebrate her life was held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht celebrated. Burial followed at St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel. A Recitation of the Rosary was held at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Ruth Gentry Memorial Fund, of which the family will distribute amongst several local charities.

Ruth was born on January 30, 1930, the daughter of Walter and Mayme (Cowells) DeRoo, in Atkinson. She graduated from Atkinson High School in 1948. On July 19, 1951, Ruth married Winfred L. Gentry at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson. She was a secretary and teacher’s assistant at the Atkinson Grade School for over thirty years, before retiring. She was a member of St. Anthony’s where she was on the Alter and Rosary Society. She was very talented at crocheting and loved spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband, Winfred; her children, Michael (Sharon) Gentry, Atkinson, Eugene (Kari) Gentry, Geneseo, Kenneth (Suzi) Gentry, Houston, TX, Kay (Mike) Croegaert, Geneseo, Steve Gentry, Iowa City, IA; grandchildren, Brent (Chris) Gentry, Jason (Andrea) Gentry, Katie (John) Gasper, Drew Croegaert, Blake (Laurie) Croegaert, Emily Gentry, Ethan Gentry, Melissa Darden, and Lonnie Smith; eleven great-grandchildren; sister, Rosemary Entas, Kewanee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Mayme.
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