Ruth Hinders Kelly Mathis


April 4, 1932 - December 4, 2010




Ruth Kelly Mathis was born April 4, 1932 to Allen and Hazel (Beck) Hinders on the family farm near Letcher, SD. She attended rural grade school and graduated from Letcher High School in 1950.  On April 17, 1952 she married Gerald (Jerry) Kelly.  They lived in California while Jerry was in the Navy and in Mitchell while he worked on the Milwaukee Railroad. They then farmed near Letcher and Hartford, SD.  Jerry died in 1968. Ruth then attended Methodist School of Nursing, graduating in 1970.  She worked at the Methodist Hospital and the Aurora-Brule Nursing Home until retiring in 1994.  On February 23, 1980 she married Wilbur Mathis and lived in Plankinton.  Wilbur died in 1995.  Ruth moved to Mitchell in 2005 and then in 2010 to Firesteel Healthcare Center.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Plankinton, Queen Esther Circle, Red Hat Club, Letcher American Legion Auxiliary, past board member of Weskota Memorial Medical Center, several pinochle and domino groups and community organizations.

She is survived by her children:  Jane Amick and husband Chuck of Letcher; Nancy Kelly and husband John Schiffner of Thousand Oaks, CA; Tracy Christensen and husband Keith of Mitchell; Patrick Kelly and wife Susan of Rapid City; her step-children: Greg Mathis and wife Carolyn of Wagner, Rick Mathis of San Bernardino, CA; ten grandchildren: Kelly (Shelley), Stacy and Darin Amick, Michael and Sarah Kelly, Alyssa and Nathan Mathis, Ashley (John) Gullickson, Carl and Jessica Mathis and two great-grandchildren: Kelsey and Reese Amick.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, two brothers: Homer and Wayne Hinders, one sister, Mary Suelflow, and infant son, a step-son, Steve Mathis and a granddaughter, Darci Amick.



Wednesday, December 8, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, December 9, 2010
10:30 AM
United Methodist Church
Plankinton, South Dakota


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Martye, Concerned Neighbor on December 9, 2010
To the Family of Ruth Kelly Mathis,

I wanted to express my deepest sympathy and concern for you and also share with you that death isn't the end. We know this because Jesus demonstrated that when he learned of his friend Lazarus' death when he was on earth. The account recorded in John chapter 11 shows that to those who were with him at the time he got the news, Jesus said: "Lazarus has falling asleep and I going to awaken him". Just as he stated, the account also reveals that Jesus asked Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha to take him to the grave where he had already been buried for four days. When he got to the grave, he called his name and Lazarus came out alive and well. Amazing isn't it? What Jesus did then will happen again because that's exactly what he promises in John 5 verses 28 and 29. Indeed as soon as Jehovah God puts an end to this wicked world we live in, His Heavenly Kingdom with Christ as its appointed king will govern the entire earth. (Isaiah 2), (Isaiah 9: 7 and 7) For that reason, it will be transformed into a paradise where you can be reunited with Ruth again in a world free of all the problems we face today as indicated in: (Ps 37: 9-11 and 29), (Psalms 46: 8 and 9), (Isaiah 33:24), (Job: 33:25), (Matthew 5:5). To learn more, please contact the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Posted by Patty Mullivan Overweg on December 9, 2010
My sympathy to you all. I enjoyed seeing Ruth in Church and missed her when she moved. She always sat right acrioss from me and made me feel welcome. I think she made everyone feel welcome whenever she saw them. I remember her smile and I knew she was always sincere when she smiled. Enjoy your wonderful memories of Ruth.
Posted by Mary Ann Rudebusch on December 9, 2010
I met Ruth after she married Wilbur and they were friends of my folks, Don and Gladys Boyd. We all really enjoyed Ruth, she was a great person so you have wonderful memories to comfort you. My sympathy to you, and if my Mom was able, she'd want to offer her sympathy, also.
Posted by Jill Selland Siedschlaw on December 9, 2010
Ruth was a classmate when we attended Methodist School of Nursing.She was a hard worker and great lady! Please accept our prayers during this difficult time and keep your memories close to your hearts.
Posted by Lavonne Oswald on December 8, 2010
I was in nursing school with Ruth. Have good memories of our times together. She was a very kind and caring person. Jane, your writing of your mom's life was amazing! God bless you all as you grieve your loss, but celebrate a life well lived and treasure the many memories.
Posted by Joe & jan Schlimgen on December 8, 2010
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Ruth was a wonderful neighbor and always had a smile. Our prayers go out to you.
Posted by Linda Oyen Person on December 7, 2010
My memories of your mother are from so many years ago. I remember staying overnight at your house and your mother so welcoming. She raised a wonderful family. Our prayers go out to all of you.
We had some family health problems with our daughter this past summer so we were only at the State Fair for a brief time. I have enjoyed catching up on your mother and all of you from the visits with Nancy and Jane. May God's grace and mercy be with you all.
Posted by Kelly Gross on December 7, 2010
Tracy and family, I am very sorry to hear that your mother passed away. It is always difficult to loose a parent but it seems especially hard to have to work through this transition during the holidays. Remember that your neighbors understand what you are going through. Lynette lost her mom at Christmas a few years ago and I lost my mom the day after Thanksgiving last year so we realy do understand! You are in my thoughts and prayers. It does get easier over time!
Posted by Rodney & Celeste Hoffman on December 6, 2010
We were sorry to learn about your mother passing away. We wish we could be there with you and your family at this difficult time, but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
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