Carmen Ruud Obituary – On September 11, 2023, Carmen LaRae Ruud passed away at a hospital in Fargo, North Dakota, and went to be with the Lord. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. The Hjerdal Church was the location of Carmen’s baptism as well as her confirmation after she was born on June 26, 1972 in Minot, North Dakota to parents Clara (Moseng) Hauck and Budd Redding. Carmen spent her childhood in the more rural parts of Velva, North Dakota.
She went to Velva Public School, where she participated in track and field, playing volleyball, and running hurdles. She was a member of the choir and also played the saxophone and the piano. During her senior year, she demonstrated outstanding dedication to both the band and the choir, which led to the honor named after John Philip Sousa. In the spring of 1990, she received her diploma.
Carmen earned both an associate’s degree in medical coding from Minot State University and her hair stylist license from the Headquarters Academy, both of which are located in Minot, North Dakota. Carmen had a lot of fun in the hairstyling industry; in fact, she enjoyed it so much that after she changed occupations, she continued to do hair cutting for her friends and family.
At a rodeo held in Towner, North Dakota on the Fourth of July, Carmen met “Bossman” Jeffrey Ruud, who would later become the love of her life. On August 5, 2000, the ceremony took place on the family farm in Parshall, North Dakota. The source of Carmen’s greatest satisfaction and happiness was her family, particularly her four sons, Garrett (1997), Jace (2001), and the twins Logan and Alex (2004).
Carmen devoted her entire life to her family. Carmen enthusiastically asserted her right to the title of “Mama Ruud” and “mama’d” everybody and everyone who visited the ranch. Carmen cherished the time she got to spend with her sons and celebrated all of their victories and achievements, no matter how great or how tiny. She was their most ardent supporter and cheerleader.