- Date Of Birth: August 15, 1923
- Date Of Death: February 21, 2015
- State: Montana
Ruth (Hall Harken) Hickel age 91 of Ulm, died Saturday February 21, 2015 of natural causes at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls. Ruth was born on August 15, 1923, in Absorkee, to Alta May and Harry Hall. After her mother’s death Ruth spent time at an orphanage in Twin Bridges before she was adopted by Herman and Anna (Osterman) Harken and moved Carterville. During high school, Ruth assisted her father at the Carterville Post Office. Ruth attended nursing school in Michigan, while there she volunteered for the Army Nurses Corp. After graduating from nursing school, Ruth worked as a nurse in South Dakota before returning home to Montana. Ruth married the love of her life, Edward Hickel, on June 6, 1948 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Forsyth. Ed and Ruth were married for 56 years and blessed with three children: two boys Edward Jr. and Harry, and a beautiful daughter, Ruthie. They moved to Ulm in 1962. Ruth worked at the Deaconess Hospital and Great Falls Clinic as a supervisory nurse until she retired. They were members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Falls. Ruth was a true Montana Lady. She was a caring neighbor: part of the PTA, Ulm Fire Women’s Axillary, Ulm Home Demonstration Club and served as an election judge.