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Centenarian Bess Ruffing celebrates last birthday

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 26th, 2013

Bess Ruffing was presented with a plaque and flowers by Lusk Mayor Pat Smith. It was the last birthday Ruffing had. Photo/Phillip Collins

4 on Saturday, June 15. Then, on the very next day, Bess Ruffing ended her sojourn on this side of existence. The local centenarian passed away at Niobrara County Health & Life Center on Sunday. Yet, though her passing certainly occasioned tears, one could not contend that Ruffing lived anything short of a full life.

Born in 1909, Ruffing spent the first six years of her life in Maywood, Nebraska. Her subsequent relocation to Wyoming was not a smooth one. For an entire year, Ruffing and her family eked out a meager existence in a tent. This living arrangement exposed her to the dry summers and frigid winters of the Cowboy State

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