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Ruth Anne Petrak, American writer.


Petrak, Ruth Anne was born on January 4, 1934 in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. Daughter of Howard Norval and Helene Ruth (Elliott) Beard.


Bachelor in Journalism, Drake University, 1955.


Reporter, copy editor, Des Moines Register, 1955-1958;instructor English and journalism, Grand View College, Des Moines, 1961-1967;writer, editor, Jewish Welfare Federation Newsletter, Des Moines, 1967-1973;researcher, writer, Cowles Encyclopedia, Des Moines, 1967-1973;director media resource service Iowa conference, United Methodist Church, Des Moines, 1973-1979;dirst. supervisor, United States Census Bureau, Webster County, Iowa., 1980;program director, Aldersgate United Methodist Camp, Villisca, Iowa., 1982-1986;free-lance feature writer, Fort Dodge (Iowa) Messenger, 1991.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Through Covenant each individual accepts the relationship with God. It is not about acquiring a relationship with God, but living within the loving relationship that God has already offered.


When seeking to address certain political issues, the Church must engage with other denominations to understand their views and needs.


Holiness is not just about personal spirituality and prayer. It will also be expressed through a commitment to social justice and enabling other people to become followers of Jesus.


Certified leader workshops Iowa Conference United Methodist Church, since 1985, chair division Peace and World Order, 1986-1992, chair board of church and society, since 1992. Board directors Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, since 1985. Member American Association of University Women (coordinator reproductive choice action Iowa division since 1992), Iowa Women in Ministry (district coordinator since 1991), Iowa United Nations Association, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: bicycling, reading, gardening, peace activist.


Married Harold Lee Brown, June 27, 1953 (divorced 1978). Children: Kenneth Leland, Louise Ruth Rhode, Keith Harold, Philip Lee. Married Ronald Dean Patrak, May 19, 1979.

Howard Norval Beard

Helene Ruth (Elliott) Beard

Harold Lee Brown

Ronald Dean Patrak

Kenneth Leland Petrak

Louise Ruth Rhode Petrak

Keith Harold Petrak

Philip Lee Petrak