INDEPENDENCE — Ruth Farlow will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Independence VFW Post 2440, 128 Third Ave. NE, hosted by her children.

She was born Jan. 8, 1938, in Independence to Mary Grace McGrath and Charles Arthur “Art” Roberts. She married Jerry Daggett Farlow on Jan. 6, 1961. He passed away on Feb. 1, 1977. She married James Allen Thode on Nov. 23, 1979. He passed away on Dec. 25, 1989.

Ruth was an RN at the Mental Health Institute and later at various nursing homes. She retired in 2000.

Her family includes children Beth Messenger, Dan (Beth) Farlow, Nick (Laurie) Farlow, Tim Farlow, Mike (Sheri) Farlow, Sara (Emmett) Frauenkron, Amy (Jay) Schuster, Kristin (Rick) Mast, as well as 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

No invitations will be sent.

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