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July 7, 1934 – February 13, 2024

Ruth Ellen (Elgard) Stansbury, age 89 years and 7 months, of St. Michael, MN passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 13, 2024.

She was born to Carl and Clara (Frazier) Berg on July 7, 1934 in Minneapolis, MN.  She was the youngest of seven siblings:  Gaius, Lorraine, Eunice, David, Reuben and Les.  All have preceded her in death.  Ruth was married twice.  First to Donald Elgard and later to Robert Stansbury, who had one son at the time, Rob.  Both husbands preceded Ruth in death.  She has lived in Minneapolis, Bloomington, Burnsville, Richfield, Edina and St. Michael.

Ruth is survived by her sister-in-law Beverly Berg, brother-in-law Tim Clift, her four sons:  Dwight, David, Daniel and Douglas (Elgard); her daughters-in-law Ruth, Karen, Brenda and Cindy.  She was greatly blessed with 63 grand and great-grandkids….with the 63rd being born the day after her passing.

Ruth loved Jesus!  She put her trust in Him when she was 7 years old and she kept her faith in Him to the very end of her life!  Besides her first love Jesus, she loved her kids and grandkids.  Ruthi loved all people well and she had many precious friends!

The family wants to acknowledge The Legacy of St. Michael (care facility where Ruthi lived) and the North Memorial Hospice people.  They gave mom much loving care to the very end of her life….Thank you!

Final thoughts:  Ruth spent her life standing on the promises of God….Now, she is standing on the streets of gold in the very presence of Jesus!  Amen!

Funeral service for Ruth Ellen Stansbury will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 11 AM at Northwest Bible Church, St. Michael, MN.  Pastor Kevin Feder will officiate.  Reception will follow at the church.

Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.

Casket Bearers will be Josh Elgard, Isaac Elgard, Chase Elgard, Tanner Elgard, Chris Cortte, Jeremy Hermann, Alex Redmann and Drew Elgard.

Family interment will take place on Friday, February 23 at 11:00 AM at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.



5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dave Elgard

    We grieve for now, and I already miss you mom!
    I know we shall one day be reunited!
    I love you!
    Your son,

  2. Todd Johnson

    So sorry we’re out of town for her service. Thinking and praying for you guys as you both mourn and celebrate.

  3. Douglas Elgard

    So many great memories mom… you were the best!! I love you and will surely miss you but I know you’re now home with Jesus so I have perfect peace.

    Your son,

  4. Suzi Blumberg

    Ruthie was a wonderful friend and wonderful person! I met her at Grace Church many years ago and we’ve been friends ever since!

  5. Tim Luy

    Beautiful obituary!! A bitter and sweet time for the Elgard family. Bitter as you miss her and mourn the loss of her earthly presence, but so sweet that she is home in paradise seeing her Lord face to face. Our prayers are with you though we are unable to be present for the funeral service.


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