Anna Ruth would say the most influential person in her life was her Lord Jesus Christ. Her relationship with Him has carried her through difficult times in her life and difficult choices that would ultimately make her the woman she was. At age 13, Anna Ruth accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. Her love for Christ has been displayed throughout her life.
Anna Ruth Baerg Koehn was born to Jacob and Maria Baerg on January 20, 1927, on the family farm north of Butterfield, Minn. She passed away on July 27, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the age of 88. She graduated from high school in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. She attended Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, Nebraska, where she met Clifford Koehn. Prior to their marriage, she received nurses training at the Vocational School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Then on June 22, 1950, she married Clifford at her home church at Butterfield, Minnesota.
Anna Ruth and Clifford planned to go to the mission field, but because of health issues their plans changed. Instead, they entered the ministry taking their first church near Langdon, N.D. Because of their continuing interest in missions, four years later they moved to Seiling, Okla., as home missionaries to the Cheyenne Indians. In 1975, they moved to Geary, Okla.,to pastor the First Mennonite Church. They remained in that pastorate till the church closed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Maria Baerg, her brother Henry and his wife Martha, brother Jacob, and sister Marie. She is survived by her husband Clifford of Geary, Okla; daughter Virginia Brendemuehl and husband Collin of Westerville, Ohio; son Ronald Koehn and wife Marie of Corn, Oklahoma; and daughter Wanda Koehn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Michael Brendemuehl, Steven Brendemuehl, Brian Koehn and Renae Koehn; and siblings David Baerg, Arthur and Rosella Baerg, Matilda and Dewayne Erickson, and Paul and Corina Baerg.