Ruth Bruch, 94

Nov. 24, 1925 —
April 2, 2020
BELLA VISTA, ARK. - Ruth Eilene (Coburn) Bruch, age 94, of Bella Vista, Ark. passed into eternal peace on April 2, 2020. 
A Celebration of Life was held.
She was born on Nov. 24, 1925 in La Porte City, Iowa to Charles C. Coburn and Vera R. Anton Coburn.
Ruth married Theodore E. Bruch on June 14, 1947. She was a retired educator and an active member of Bella Vista Lutheran Church.
The couple lived in Cresco, Iowa in the 1950s and were very active in the community and First Lutheran Church. Ted was a Green Colonial furnace representative centered in Cresco.
Ruth was a mentor to many, nurturing an interest in literature, English, journalism and faith. She was in education until she was 70 and can be remembered as the Dean of Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill., where a scholarship is set up in her name.
She is survived by two sons, Mark Bruch of Danville, Ill. and Andrew Bruch of Bolder, Colo.; two daughters, Rebecca (Grant) Austill of Seligman, Ariz. and Elizabeth (Gene) Dreier of Bella Vista; seven grandchildren, Sarah Austill, Meghan Austill, Melissa Austill, Richard Bruch, Aaron Bruch, Hannah T. Bruch and Christian Bruch; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Ted Bruch; two brothers, Allen Coburn and Dale Coburn; and sister, Vivian Edwards.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to missions through Bella Vista Lutheran Church, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd, Bella Vista, AR 72715 or a scholarship fund in her name at Black Hawk College, 6600 34th Ave, Moline, IL 61265.
Arrangements are by Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences may be made at

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