Ruth Lillie Hansen
Megrue-Price Funeral Home
Ruth Lillie Hansen, the daughter of Arthur and Lulu (Wortman) Sykes, was born on February 6, 1916, on a farm between Oak of Ruskin, Nebraska. She was called to her Heavenly Home on January 27, 2014, at the Thayer County Health Services, Hebron, Nebraska at the age of 97 years, 11 months, 21 days.
Ruth was received into Gods family through Baptism and Confirmation at Bethany Lutheran Church near Ruskin where she remained a lifelong member.
She received her elementary education at Summit School, District #41 North of Ruskin and graduated from Ruskin High School in 1933. Pursuing her desire to teach, she attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln to complete the necessary normal training, after which she taught 3 years at Summit School.
Ruth was united in marriage to Enos Hansen on April 14, 1940, at the Lutheran Church in Scandia, Kansas. God blessed this union with 3 children. Together they farmed and raised their family near Nora until 1954 when they moved to a farm near Ruskin. In 2001, Ruth moved to Deshler to be near Enos who was then a resident of Parkview Haven Nursing Home. In 2009, she relocated to Courtyard Terrace in Hebron, then moving to Blue Valley Nursing Home in December 2013.
Besides being a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, she was also a member of ELCA Womens Church club, Charter member of Ruskin Extension Club, a 4-H Club Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Bible Camp Cook, and worked several years at the Leprino Cheese Plant in Superior. Ruth enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening, but most of all spending time with her family and friends.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Enos, sister Myrtle (John) Bergman, brothers, Harry, Art and Rex (Myrna) Sykes; brothers-in-law Harvey Schiermeyer, Bill Fisher, Arnold (Lydia) Hansen, David (Lillian) Hansen, Harold (Hildegarde) Hansen, Harland and Glen Hansen and sister-in-law Martha (Arnold) McIntosh.
Children: Barbara (David) Smith of Lincoln, Nebraska
Gary (Enid) Hansen of Kearney, Nebraska
Lynette (Don) Koester of Mankato, Kansas
9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren
Sisters: Della Schiermeyer of St. Joseph, Missouri
Fern Fisher of Davenport, Nebraska
Alice Obar of Phoenix, Arizona
Brother: Archie (Lauretta) Sykes of Longmont, Colorado
Sisters-in-law Rayoma Sykes of Geneva, Nebraska
Evelene Hansen of Iowa
Brother-in-law Edwin (Eleanor) Hansen of Sparta, Wisconsin
Nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Services at: Bethany Lutheran Church, Ruskin, Nebraska
Time of Service: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:00 am
Clergy: Pastor Patrick Sipes
Burial: Spring Creek Cemetery, Ruskin, Nebraska
Memorials to: Memorials may go in care of the family
Visitation: From 9:00 am-8:00 pm on Thursday at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home