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VAN GILDER, Ruth Alberta (Peek) 1924~2013 Born to Violet Banhart and Irvin Peek on March 26, 1924 in Springfield, Illinois. Ruth lived with her father, mother and six siblings, three brothers and three sisters, during her young years. Then at age 12, she and her siblings were put into the Mennonite Children's Home until adulthood. She graduated from High School and accomplished two years at Hesston College. Ruth worked very hard and saved enough money for an apartment so her mother and siblings could be reunited as a family again. Ruth married the love of her life, Earl, on January 6, 1949. They made their home in Gardena, Calif. in 1950, then moved to Lancaster, Calif. in 1963. Ruth worked at Kleiner's making curtains and drapes for years. After that, she was able to be the homemaker that she had always desired and helped with her grandchildren. In 2006, she and Earl moved to Rosamond, Calif. where she spent her final days. Ruth passed away peacefully with her family at her side. Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 64 years, Earl Van Gilder, also she was preceded in death by her loving brothers, Glen, Bonny and Earl. She is survived by her three children, Evalie (William) Wagner, of Bishop, Calif.; Mark (Cynthia) Van Gilder of Lancaster, Calif.; and Marla (Frederick) Lam of Rosamond, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Miranda (Michael) Harrison, Benjamin (Lisa) Wagner and Leah Wagner of Bishop, Calif.; Samuel, Micah and Abigail Van Gilder of Lancaster, Calif; and Emily Lam and Johauna (Klian) Ochoa of Rosamond, Calif.; and three great grandchildren, Riplee and Revel Wagner of Bishop, Calif. and Jace Lam-Ochoa of Lancaster, Calif. "Ruthie" is also survived by her three loving sisters, Carol Hail of Texas, Madge Messer of Virginia and Doretta Calandrino of Kansas along with many adoring nephews and nieces.

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