Ruth was born Oct. 31, 1920, at Remsen, the daughter of Martin and Elizabeth (Schiltz) Arens. She was raised and educated in Remsen.
On Sept. 28, 1942, she was united in marriage to Ray Colling. The couple made their home in Remsen.
She was a homemaker and a great seamstress. Ray died Sept. 29, 2004.
Ruth had been a resident of Happy Siesta since 2010.
Ruth was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, church guild and Catholic Daughters of America.
Her hobbies included crocheting, baking, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was known for her famous angel food cakes.
Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Lewis and her husband, Joe, of Fort Dodge; her son, Dan, of Remsen; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Floyd Arens, of California, Marty Arens and his wife, Donna, Jim Arens and Tom Arens and his wife Marlene, all of Le Mars; one sister-in-law, Marietta Alesch and her husband, Kenneth, of Remsen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her four sisters, Janet (Clarence) Langholdt, Elaine (George) McKown, Anita (Vince) Zimmer and Betty (Dale) Price; two brothers, Clyde Arens in infancy and Robert Arens; and two sisters-in-law, Betty Arens and Lois Arens.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating and Deacon Rick Roder assisting. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Remsen. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. today (Thursday). There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Visitation will resume Friday from noon until service time at the funeral home.
Casketbearers will be: Scott, Jeff and Jody Lewis, and Chris, Travis and Dustin Colling.
Honorary bearers will be her great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.