• Ruth Evelyn Naggs

    July 16, 2017
  • Ruth Naggs, 86, died from ovarian cancer on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Hot Springs Village, Ark. She was born in Centerville, Iowa, on August 7, 1930, to Abijah and Hazel Winter and was the youngest of three daughters. She married Wilson (Bill) Naggs in 1952 after they met at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. Ruth and Bill lived in Iowa City, Iowa, Cincinnati, Ohio, and St. Louis, Mo., before moving to Bettendorf, Iowa, where they resided for 40 years. They retired to Hot Springs Village, Ark., in 2004.

    Ruth enjoyed family and friends, travel and golf. She took pride in her work as an EKG technician, which helped to support Bill through graduate school at the University of Iowa. She later worked in the home office of Von Maur department store in Davenport, Iowa.

    Ruth served on numerous church committees, including her favorite, the Fair Trade Coffee Project. She also gave her heart and soul as a volunteer with projects such as Bettendorf Athletic Boosters Club and working with the homeless through Jackson House in Hot Springs, Ark. Ruth was a long time member of the TTT Society, serving as Iowa State President for 1982. She particularly enjoyed fulfilling the society’s mission to send underprivileged girls to summer camp.

    Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Helen Young, and her grandson Bill Naggs. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, her eldest sister, Mary Ellen Atkins, children Jeff (Diane), Steve, Julie (Frank), and grandson Ian. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 26, at Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines, 275 Asturias Drive, Hot Springs Village, Ark.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative, TTT Endowment Fund, Bettendorf Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines, or by serving a friend suffering with cancer.

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    Ruth was and is such a beautiful lady and we loved her very much. Bill, we still love and miss you at Bettendorf Presbyterian Church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.


    I remember Ruthie when I lived in Eldridge, Ia. She was truly a " beautiful lady" in every sense of the word. She was a good friend of Ginny Franklin in Bettendorf and I sort of tagged along. She never knew how much I admired her beauty and soft mannerisms. I know she will be missed by so many people. God must have a special place for people like her. May she rest in peace and, know she will be looking out for all of her family and friends.


    I am so sorry for your loss. Ruthie was s great friend to my mom, Jeannine. The "Lunch Bunch" really had some amazing ladies.. Loved them Love. My condolences. Tracy Miller. Durant Iowa.


    Steve, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. My Mom just died May 24th. I know how hard that it is for you. We had a great childhood at the Church. I miss you and hope the best for you. Love you, Carrie