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Ruth K. (Hoerstkamp) Hulsey

January 10, 1945 ~ October 2, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Ruth Hulsey Obituary

Ruth Katherine Sabina Lloyd-Hulsey was born January 10, 1945, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Henry B. and Lydia (nee Rohlfing) Hoerstkamp. Death came after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer on October 2.

Ruth graduated from Hermann High School in 1963 and from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis in 1966. 

She was married to Gary Lloyd in 1976. They had one son Benjamin. She married Ray Hulsey in 2003.

Ruth practiced her beloved profession for 56 years until July of 2022. Her experience during those years was diverse – hospital floor nursing at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, in Eureka and in Hermann; industrial nursing at the St. Louis Chevrolet Shell plant; medical research nursing at Barnes Hospital; geriatric nursing at Frene Valley Nursing Home, Geriatric Center and Health Center in Hermann; and home health nursing through Hermann Area District Hospital, her last and favored nursing experience. Ruth also obtained a license for nursing home administration in which capacity she served with the Frene Valley Corporation. If a return to health would have permitted and an appropriate opportunity had presented itself, Ruth would have returned to nursing.

Ruth’s second love was music and it had become an avocation for her for more than the last decade of her life. She picked up her clarinet and then bass clarinet after not having played it for forty years. At the keyboard became a favorite place for her to be. She had had piano lessons as a youngster. She was the Saturday evening pianist at St. George Church for more than a decade and a regular at the keyboard at St. Paul UCC and the Church of the Risen Savior.

She channeled her love for music and her drive always to learn something new when she got involved with the handbell choir at St. Paul UCC. She became the director of the choir, rewriting music as needed and always challenging her ringers to greater heights.

Ruth is survived by her loyal, very special friend Darrel Deeker; her son Benjamin; her brother James Hoerstkamp and wife Sharon; her sister Lois Kruse and husband Don; and her nieces, Dawn (Dale) Maune and Rebekah (Shawn) Mayberry; and a myriad of other family, friends and co-workers.  She is preceded in death by her parents and her two husbands.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 5th from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, Hermann.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Hermann.  Burial will be at Hermann Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given to Hermann Area Crusade Against Cancer or St. Paul UCC.

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October 5, 2023

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home
1221 Washington Street
Hermann, MO 65041

Funeral Service
October 6, 2023

10:30 AM
St. Paul United Church of Christ
136 West 1st Street
Hermann, MO 65041


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