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Ruth Tolbert Goodridge

The Goodridge, Tolbert, Porte and Hoff families are heartbroken to announce the passing of their darling Ruth Tolbert Goodridge, age 68 .  She transitioned on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.   However we take great consolation in knowing she is resting in the precious welcoming arms of her Heavenly Father.  Ruth was born in Bensonville, Liberia to Rachel Hoff and Newton Tolbert Sr on August 5th, 1949.  She attended elementary and high school in Liberia then worked at the Ministry of Finance.   She was blessed with three beautiful children Richard Roberts (deceased), Hectoria Howard and Isaiah Howard.  After the 1980 coup d’etat in Liberia she moved to the United States where she reconnected with her childhood flame Everett Goodridge and were later married in May 1994.  Ruth was a loyal and efficient employee at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN for 23 years where she retired. 

She will be remembered as a devout Christian, a doting mother, a devoted wife, an affectionate sister, aunt and friend.  Everyone who knew her was inexplicably touched by her genuinely sweet, loving and gentle spirit.  Her life focused around the church, her family and giving.   She has left an unimaginable void and will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.  May her soul rest in perpetual peace.

Cards and condolences can be sent to 3778 Grey Dove Ln, Eagan, MN 55122.  Flowers may be sent to the church.  The homegoing celebration begins on Friday February 9th at River Hills United Methodist Church in Burnsville, MN. 
Wake Keeping
Friday February 9, 2018
6 pm – 10pm
River Hills United Methodist Church
11100 River Hills Dr
Burnsville, MN 55337

Homegoing Service
Saturday February 10, 2018
9 am – noon
River Hills United Methodist Church
11100 River Hills Dr
Burnsville, MN 55337

Saturday February 10, 2018
 Crystal Lake Funeral Chapel and Cemetery
3816 Penn Ave N
Minneapolis,  MN 55412

Contact information:
Everett Goodridge (husband)     651 336 0067
Hectoria Howard (daughter)       651 329 6733
Eliza Davies (sister/daughter)    763 221 5970

Hotel Options

The following hotels are in close proximity (with 10 minutes) to the airport, wake and funeral venue.

Rates range from $99 to $139/night (and are subject to change).

Hilton Mall of America                   Marriott Fairfield Inns                     Marriott Courtyard
3800 American Blvd E                   2401 American Blvd E                    7800 Bloomington Ave S
Bloomington, MN                          Bloomington, MN                           Bloomington, MN
(Tel) 952 854 2100                       (Tel) 952 858 8475                        (Tel) 952 876 0100