Dianne Ruud

February 3, 1947 ~ February 18, 2021 (age 74)


Dianne Kay (Drury) Ruud, 74, left to be with her Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, on February 18, 2021.  After fighting a courageous battle
with ovarian cancer, she left this world surrounded by her loving family. 
Dianne told her children that the hardest thing she has ever had to do was to
leave both of them and her beautiful grandchildren.

Dianne was born on February 3, 1947, in Preston, MN, the daughter
of James and Lillian (Kingsbury) Drury.  She graduated from Preston High
School and then attended Winona State University for 2 years.  During her
later years in high school and following for a short time after, she worked at
the Drive-In in Preston, where she enjoyed immensely, working with the public.
This would prove to be a trend in her lifetime career path.

She married Julius Orville Ruud in 1967, and a short time later
welcomed their two children, Jon and Jennifer.  She worked for a short
time, as the secretary at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston, before starting
her lifetime career of 37 years as a teller at F&M Community Bank in
Preston.  She also owned and operated a popcorn stand near main street, “The
Old Maid”.  It was here that she spent idle time between waiting on
customers, wondering about the history and memories that the town of Preston

Simultaneously, she wrote a weekly column of local news for the
Preston Republican for a number of years.  She followed them through name
and owner changes before finally discovering her true passion of writing a
weekly history column for the Fillmore County Journal.  It was through
this endeavor that she uncovered her true passion of researching the history of
Preston and surrounding communities, connecting countless generations through
the history and memories of the area.  DIanne was passionate about her
community and loved staying connected to everyone, past and present, through
her column.

Her greatest pride and joy in life, after her children, were her
grandchildren.  She traveled to countless basketball games to cheer on her
grandsons and loved nothing more than welcoming weekend visits, watching them
play in the playhouse she had also enjoyed as a child.  Her front porch
was always open for a visit, where she enjoyed many local friends and family
members, at any chance.  She loved to garden and looked forward to each
Spring when a blanket of bluebells would cover her front lawn, reminding us of new

Dianne is survived by her son Jon (Stacie) Ruud of Siren, WI, her
daughter Jennifer (Jeff) Strack of St. Paul, MN, grandchildren Aaron Ruud of
LaCrosse WI, Adam Ruud of Eau Claire, WI, Ethan Ruud of Siren, WI, Addison
Strack, Isabel Strack, and Eliot Strack, all of St. Paul, MN, sister Patricia
(Marlow) VanderPlas of Preston, sister-in-law, Mary (Richard) Drury of Winona
and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents James and Lillian Drury,
brother Richard Drury, brother Kim Drury, sister Nancy Drury and granddaughter
Ella Grace Strack.

Memorial Services will be held this Spring in Preston, MN, with a
burial to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family
is asking for memorials to Our Lady of Peace, 2076
St Anthony Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104, for the loving and dignified care she
received, during her final days.

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