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Bess Frances Ruffing June 15, 1909 - June 16, 2013

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 26th, 2013


Bess Frances Ruffing
Bess Frances Ruffing, born June 15, 1909 joined her husband in death one day following her 104th birthday, where she was commemorated by the city of Lusk for her outstanding citizenship. Born Bess Frances Anstice to John and Ethel Anstice in Maywood, Nebraska, Bess moved to Lusk in 1915 with her parents and sister Edith. Bess and her family lived in a tent while they built their home on the homestead. She graduated from Lusk High School in 1927. After receiving her teaching certificate Bess taught in one room schools for three years. Bess married William Jennings Ruffing on April 20, 1930. Bess and Jennings had five children: Patricia, John, Mary, Judy and Jennings Jr.

She was preceded in death by husband Jennings, Patricia and husband Chuck Smith, John and Jennings, Jr., and is survived by Mary (Russ Ogle) and Judy Sherer. Bess is survived by her grandchildren: Fran, Lee, Jackie, Vickie, and Stan from Patricia and Chuck; Brenda, Mike and Barbara from John; Bob, Bill and Terri from Mary and Russ; and James and John from Judy. She is also survived by nieces and nephews: Fred Thomas and Donna Ruffing of Lusk and others from out of town; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and great-great-great-grandchildren.

Bess lived an incredible life, remaining an active member of her community until her hospitalization in 2011, attending most home and away sporting events for the school. She also attended as many events as possible with her friends at the senior center. Anybody that was blessed with meeting her immediately loved her. Bess will be missed by a great many people whose lives she has inspired, affected, and touched. She would encourage all who survive her to continue on enjoying life to their best of their ability. Bess is quoted saying “What will be, will be,” and “Why complain? Nobody wants to hear it anyway.”

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, at St. George Episcopal Church in Lusk. Memorials may be made to Niobrara Senior Center, Niobrara Health and Life Center, St. George Episcopal Church, or to an organization of the donor’s choice.

Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



For the complete article see the 06-19-2013 issue.

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