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Ruth Lorraine Ness

December 22, 1931 - December 29, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Ruth Lorraine Ness

Ruth Lorraine Ness

Born: December 22, 1931
Died: December 29, 2019
Age: 88

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     Ruth Lorraine Ness, the daughter of Joe and Minnie (Luze) Sweet, was born December 22, 1931 in Webb, Iowa.  Her childhood years were spent in Webb, where she received her education in Webb schools.

     Ruth married Alfred Ness on May 5, 1951.      After their marriage, they lived in Spencer, Iowa, where she raised her family and worked part time at Helen’s Laundry for 9 years. She loved working outdoors and raising flowers. Later in life, she enjoyed collecting porcelain dolls. Ruth was a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.

     She passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at the age of 88.  She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 sons: Gary, Larry and Roger Ness; 3 brothers: Jim, Fred and Leonard Sweet and a sister, Lucille Campbell.

     Left to cherish her memory are one daughter, Kathryn and her husband, Larry Mackie of Scottsdale, AZ; two sons: Curtis (Rose) Ness of Spencer, IA and Melvin Brown of Burnsville, MN; nine grandchildren; several great grandchildren; two sisters: Evelyn and Martha Sweet both of Spencer, IA; one brother, Bill Sweet of Spencer, IA; other relatives and many friends.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 A.M., Monday, January 6, 2020 at the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Frederiksen
There will be no visitation.
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held be held at the BenTena Room at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer immediately following the graveside services.


Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 1:19 PM
“Sorry for your loss sending prayers ”
- Marge Rudisill
Monday, January 13, 2020 at 4:32 PM
“I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Mother and sister! Prayers for the family🙏”
- Carol Campbell
Monday, January 6, 2020 at 9:09 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of your family's loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all as you lay her to rest.”
- Tod and Margaret Schiernbeck
Monday, January 6, 2020 at 9:09 AM
“My sympathies and prayers for your family.
- Charlotte Hertel
Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 10:42 AM
“To the Ness and Sweet families: Sorry to hear about Ruth . She was sure a good friend to my mom after dads passing. We were friends and neighbors for along time alot of good memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Larry Rupert
Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 8:45 AM
“Evie and Marty, and Kathy so sorry to hear about Ruth she was a very special neighbor to us growing up. Enjoyed my time working with her also out at the laundry. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.”
- Fayette Butler
Friday, January 3, 2020 at 9:18 PM
“Sorry for your loss”
- Steve Hall
Friday, January 3, 2020 at 9:18 PM
“Sincere Sympathy to all the Ness family and Sweet Family. We had so much fun with the older Ness kids when we were all growing up together. So very sorry for all the loss and pray for comfort and love for each of you!!”
- Gary and Vicki Seversen
Friday, January 3, 2020 at 9:00 AM
“Gene and I are sorry about your loss.We have not seen her in the last few years but when we would see each other (usely Walmart)we would stop an catch up.”
- Gene and Joyce Hall
Friday, January 3, 2020 at 9:00 AM
“So very sorry to read about Ruth. Thinking of all of you!!”
- Donna Malmgren
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