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Ruth Andreasen
Ruth Andreasen
Ruth Andreasen on her 110th birthday.
Birth: 8 February 1903
Parkersburg, Iowa, USA
Death: 8 March 2013
Stewartville, Minnesota, USA
Age: 110 years, 28 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Ruth Mildred Andreasen (née Poppen) (8 February 1903 – 8 March 2013) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently pending by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was the second-oldest known person in Minnesota at the time of her death, behind Anna Stoehr.


Ruth Andreasen was born as Ruth Mildred Poppen to parents John and Mary (née Johnson) Poppen in Parkersburg, Iowa, USA, on 8 February 1903. She had two siblings named Margaret and Harold. At the age of six, she and her family moved to a farm in Stewartville, Minnesota. After finishing school, she helped on the family farm.

On 28 March 1923, aged 20, Ruth married James George Andreasen (b. 6 May 1890), a World War 1 veteran, and had three children with him: Norbert (1925-2015), Gordon, and Jane (married Hoeft). The couple became farmers and owned various farms until their retirement in 1969. James died on 4 October 1985, aged 95, after 62 years of marriage.

Ruth was a longtime member of several organisations, including the United Methodist Church in Stewartville (and it's United Methodist Women's group) and the Home Economics Club in Stewartville. She enjoyed handiwork, especially crocheting, gardening and spending time with family and friends. In November 2006, aged 103, she moved into a nursing home where she lived for the rest of her life.

Ruth Andreasen died in Stewartville, Minnesota, USA, on 8 March 2013, at the age of 110 years, 28 days. She was survived by her three children, nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.