Delores E. Ruffridge, age 87, of Mabel, died Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
Delores was born January 26, 1930, in rural Mabel to Arland and Alma (Soiney) Peterson. She graduated from the Mabel High School. On April 17, 1948, she was married to Richard Ruffridge in Mabel. They lived in Mabel. Delores worked at Jim’s Café, the American Legion, and the Skyline Supper Club. She was a part owner of The Countryside Inn, and worked 22 years at Herzog Drugs.
She was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church and enjoyed shopping, dancing, trips to Chanhassen Dinner Theater, dancing, puzzles, playing cards, and traveling, but mostly enjoyed spending time with her family.
Delores is survived by two daughters, Maureen (Gary) Arneson of Mabel and Kelly of Dallas, Tex.; three sons: Kerry of Riceford, Minn., Brent (Jill) of Monona, Wis., and Kirk (Veronica) of Bentonville, Ark.; 10 grandchildren: Kimberly (Michael) Blaess, Todd (Billie Jo) Horgen, Jason (Teresa) Ruffridge, Spencer Ruffridge, Kelsey, Andrew, Abby, Molly, Victoria, and Denton Ruffridge. Three step-grandchildren: Robert Arneson, Heather (Bryan) Billmyer, and Heidi (Susie) Arneson. She had several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Dorene Lee of Mabel.
She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, her parents, a son, Randy; a sister, Delone Loftsgaarden; brother Dale Peterson, an infant brother, and brothers-in-law Charles Loftsgaarden and Odell Lee, Jr.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel, with the Rev. Elliott Malm officiating. Burial will be in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.