Ruth M. Walden

Ruth M. Walden, 88, Crawfordsville, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Wellbrooke of Crawfordsville.

She was born July 22, 1930, in Ironwood Township, Michigan, to Tovio and Selma (Tassava) Palojarvi.

She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School at Ironwood, Michigan. She married Wendell Walden in 1948. He preceded her in death Sept. 18, 1999.

She was a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church. She enjoyed making greeting cards for family and friends, quilting, crossword puzzles, knitting and reading.

Survivors include: son Rick (Shirley) Walden of Kalamazoo, Michigan; grandchildren, Stephanie (Paul) Walden-Schawake, Kathy (Jim) Sering-Burbrink, Debbie Wiltermood, Christie (Thomas) Ford, Amy Allen, Cate Walden and Patrick (DayeAnn) Walden; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother David Palojarvi; and sisters, Ann Thurston and Natalie (John) Rhea of Phoenix, Arizona.

She is preceded in death by her husband; children, Mike Walden and Brenda Bakes; daughter-in-law Becky Walden; brothers, Leslie Palojarvi (who died in infancy) and John Palojarvi; along with a brother-in-law and sisters-in-law.

She was proud of her Finnish heritage.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hunt & Son Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at noon. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery North.

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