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Ruth Dannheim
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 • Posted October 16, 2013

Ruth Dannheim, of Mason, passed away on Thursday, October 10, at the age of 92.

Mrs. Dannheim is survived by her daughters Jennifer Brinlee and husband Dan of Mason and Deanna Handlin and husband Don of Mason, four grandchildren Rebecca Brinlee and finance‘ Tyler Romney, Michael Brinlee and wife Emilee, Coby Owen and wife Stacy, Cheryl Bahm and husband Trey and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Dannheim and her brother Thomas Edison Murray.

Ruth was born at home in Mason County on September 1, 1921, to Allen Murray and Alma Louise Schmidt Murray. She was a graduate of Mason High School and attended Tarleton State College. She has been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mason since 1936. In October of 1940 Ruth married the love of her life, Walter Dannheim, and their marriage was blessed with two children, Jennifer and Deanna.

Family, church and helping others would be the focus of her life. She had a kind and loving soul and would never speak ill of others and never, ever repeat gossip. Ruth had a gentle spirit and she gave generously of her time. She was very involved in her church and served on many committees, was Chairman of the Hope Circle and United Methodist Women, served as Sunday School Superintendent and was involved with “Walk to Emmaus”. Ruth served her community by being on the original Library Committee, helping at the thrift shop and with ‘Meals On Wheels”. She also helped with the Each One, Teach One Laubach program, helping other to learn to speak and read English. She loved sharing her faith through helping others at home, at church and in the community.

Ruth worked as a school librarian for several years. She loved being around children and sharing the joy of reading with them. As a member of the Mason Study Club she was also able to share her joy of reading. Ruth also enjoyed being a member of the Grit Community Club and quilting on Tuesday at Grit.

Funeral services for Ruth Dannheim were held on Monday, October 14, at 10:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Mason. Interment followed in the Gooch Cemetery.

Visitation with the family was Sunday afternoon at Mason Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

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