Ruth Virginia (Roberts) Dougherty was born on September 26, 1919, in Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up in Clarion, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Grace Roberts. She graduated from Clarion High school with the Class of 1937. Following high school she attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines and then returned to Clarion where she was employed by the Agricultural Adjustment Administration for over five years. During WWII she served in the U.S. Navy as a WAVE, and worked at the Bureau of Personnel in Washington, D.C. She married Loren Dougherty, who was in the Navy, and they were stationed at various bases on the east coast and in the midwest. After settling in Sanford, she was employed as a secretary at Pine Crest Elementary School for twenty years. She is survived by daughters Janet Dougherty (Mick Hutton), Sanford and Anne Lucas-Bergeron (Marcel Bergeron), DeLand, and grandsons John Stuart (Diane), Helena, Montana, Matthew Lucas (Taylor), Arvada, Colorado, and Phillip Lucas, Altamonte Springs, Florida. She was a member of the Sanford Church of Christ for more than 60 years. The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Sanford Church of Christ. Funeral Services will begin at 6:00 PM at the church. Interment will be held September 18, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery, Clarion, Iowa.
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