Ruth Marion Colburn was born March 14, 1926, at home in Sanborn, the daughter of Russell H. and Emma S. (Eggebraaten) Colburn. When she was a young child, her family moved to Mitchell, S.D. When Ruth was 9 years old, the family moved to Le Mars.
She graduated from Le Mars Central High School with the Class of 1944. Following graduation, Ruth attended and graduated from nurses training in Marshalltown, as a registered nurse.
After graduating from nurses training, Ruth returned to le Mars and began working at Sacred Heart Hospital which later became Floyd Valley Hospital. She worked more than 40 years as a nurse and retired in the 1980s. Ruth was united in marriage to Donald Wilde on Dec. 16, 1951. Donald died Aug. 11, 1994.
Ruth had been a long-time member of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ, where she enjoyed the evening guild and volunteering with church activities. In later years, Ruth attended the United Methodist Church of Le Mars.
She enjoyed reading, crafts, crocheting, and collecting dolls from around the world.
Survivors include her daughter, Carla Sue Jenness, of Le Mars; a sister-in-law, Helene Colburn, of Beacon Falls, Conn.; a mutually adopted daughter, Leane Bodle, of Manson; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell H. and Emma S. (Eggebraaten) Colburn; husband, Donald Wilde; a brother, Stanley Colburn; a sister, Betty Lou Colburn as a child; and a son-in-law, Marlin Jenness.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars with the Rev. John Battern officiating. Interment will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery, Le Mars. Visitation will after 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Carlsen Funeral Home, in Le Mars, followed by a 7 prayer service at the funeral home. Visitation will continue Wednesday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.