Ruth E. McCraine
April 1, 1918 - April 2, 2018

Ruth E. McCraine

Ruth E. McCraine
Apr 1, 1918 - Apr 2, 2018

Ruth E. McCraine

Ruth E. McCraine, of New Castle and formerly of Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away at Henry Community Health on Monday, April 2, 2018, the day following her 100th birthday.

She was born April 1, 1918 in Washington D.C., a daughter of the late Edwin and Helen Ada (Schuh) Pflueger.

Ruth was an elementary teacher. Teaching was more than a profession, it was her passion. She earned a master's degree from Ypsilanti University in Michigan. Following retirement, Ruth tutored children at the West Page Improvement Center in Shenandoah, Iowa. She was a member of Shenandoah First Presbyterian Church. Ruth enjoyed quilting and going to quilt shows.

Those left to cherish Ruth's memory included three children, Alan McCraine (spouse: Pat Cronk) of New Castle, Janet Williams (spouse: David) of Bluemont, VA and Ned McCraine (spouse: Melinda Macy) of Minneapolis, MN; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, James M. McCraine in 1982; one brother, Theodore Pflueger and one sister, Mary Curtis.

Memorial contributions may be offered to Raintree Habit for Humanity, P.O. Box 6024, New Castle, IN 47362 or First Presbyterian Church, 200 West Clarinda Ave., Shenandoah, Iowa 51601.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Sproles Family Funeral Home and Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home

Celebration of Life Memorial Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Veterans Memorial Chapel in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Her son, Pastor Alan McCraine will officiate the services.


Robin Anderson Lynn on Jul 1, 2018

Ruth was a wonderful Ward Clerk at the Hand Community and Shenandoah Hospital. She was a Sweet lady. Robin Lynn Purchasing

Steve Berning on Jul 1, 2018

Remember Mrs McCraine as a fantastic 1st grade teacher, when we moved to Shenandoah in 1960. RIP

Rita Gibson on Jun 30, 2018

Janet my sympathy to your family.Your mom was such a nice lady.
Rita (Gutschenritter)Gibson

Linda Warrick on Jun 28, 2018

Janet and family: I remember your mother as being kind when I visited. My sympathies to you. Linda (Arends) Warrick

Janet Danforth-Bacon on Jun 27, 2018

My sympathies to my classmate Ned and family. Mrs. McCraine was a very nice lady.

John A. ‘JAG’ Greenleaf on Apr 3, 2018

I knew of Mrs. McCraine as my late Father, Hale Greenleaf, was a member of the Presbyterian Church as she was. My condolences to the family, especially Janet and Ned. May Mrs. McCraine Rest In Peace.

Jana Voitenko on Apr 3, 2018

Condolences to the entire family. Mrs McCrain was one of my
teachers, so sweet and patient.

Ginger Downing on Apr 3, 2018

While I am saddened by the death of Mrs. McCraine - what a great life she had! Her daughter Janet was one of my favorite babysitters and whenever I am in Shenandoah and drive past her former house I always say hello to "Mrs. McCraine, wherever you may be!" Lovely family and a truly lovely woman who will be missed very much. Fondly - Ginger Downing



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Graveside Memorial Services

Rose Hill Cemetery
308 Carter
Shenandoah, Iowa 51601
1:00 PM
Graveside Memorial Services will be held at the Veterans Memorial Chapel in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

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