Rochester- A Memorial Service for Ruth Cocker, age 90 will be held at 11:00A.M. This Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church in Rochester with Rev. Jay Rowland Officiating. Burial of the Cremains will be in the spring at Pilot Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes on Friday evening from 5:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. and then at the church on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.. Memorials are requested for Alzheimer research or to Seasons Hospice.Ruth Whiting was born August 27, 1920 in Olmsted County near Marion to Harold and Jessie (Peck) Whiting. She and her family moved into Rochester in 1923. She attended Grade School in Rochester and Graduated from Rochester High School. As a young girl she sold vegetables and flowers on the street corners.Ruth married Hugh R. Cocker in Rochester on June 20, 1943. Her husband worked for Whitings Nursery and later was the Gardener for the Rochester Parks Department. Ruth also worked for Whitings during Holidays and busy times. Ruth and her husband were longtime members of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon. She was very active in the community serving as a 4-H leader for over 25 years. She served on several boards in numerous garden and floral clubs, including the Rochester Garden Club, National Orchid and Lilly Clubs just to name a few. She and her husband traveled extensively for flower shows and meetings. She truly had a "Green Thumb".Ruth passed away on Wednesday evening , January 12th at Seasons Hospice.Ruth is survived by her husband; six daughters, Carolyn Jorgensen of Eyota, MN, Randa Lou Cocker Ferreira (Lucirdes) of St. Paul, MN, Kathy Jan Spurger (Allen) of Giddings, TX, Anita Gail Montgomery (Ed) of Broomfield, CO, Beverly Ann Gilbertson of Elko, NV, and Cynthia Sue Millar of Pine Island, MN; 13 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Don Whiting; and a sister, Jennie Ann Meyer
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Cindy --- So sorry to hear about your loss. Lost my mom back in April of 2009 to cancer. Remember all the great learning experiences she gave you as only a mother can. Take care.
Many fond memories of Ruth (and Hugh) and a field of asiatic, martagon, lilies in bloom. Not only did they share their love of flowers, but were a monument to loving partnership and an example of building a life around what you love to do.
We are all thinking of you over this time. Be well, rest and enjoy family, which you already know!
Sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Thank you Cindy for being there for my mom.
Hugh, Carolyn, Randa, Kathy, Anita, Bev, and Cindy our condolences to you and the family in the lost of your wife/Mom. You are in our prayers.
May you find comfort in knowing what a beautiful life she had.
Our sympathy and blessings to the family. Sincerely, Fran Gillich
Sounds like she lived a wonderful life. May you all be comforted in remembering.
My deepest sympathy to your family. Elaine Vargo, J.J.Hill Montessori School
May God be with the Family, in my deepest concern.
Bless the Family.
I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
My deepest sympathy. Ruth was a gardening inspiration to us all. She was a sweet and delightful person to know.
Dear Bev and family,
My deepest sympathies to you! May God's love heal your sorrow and may His peace replace your heartache with warm and loving memories! My prayers are with you all!
I only knew Ruth for 10 years, but feel I was very fortunate for that.
The gardening world is grateful for her spirit of sharing and passion for growing plants. The world is a prettier place because of Ruth Cocker, indeed.
Dear Hugh and family
We are saddened to read of Ruth's death. She was a good friend and faithful servant of the church. May God's Holy Spirit bring you peace and comfort in these days.
My thoughts are with your family at this tough time.
Cindy - I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I read about her & she sounds like she had an interesting life! She loved flowers & gardening! She must have been a beautiful person.
Our most sincere condolences to you, Hugh, and all your wonderful daughters. We are unable to come for visitation this evening, but will try to see you at the Memorial Service in the morning. We will be missing Ruth and her vitality throughout the years to come. She always was such an energetic and cheerful person. We are happy we were able to see Ruth at our "Cousins get-together" last September. Our love, Stan Whiting and Marilyn Kaiserlik