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Ruth Ann Vail

April 26, 1927 — September 7, 2022


     Ruth Ann Vail, the daughter of Clarence and Anna (Heisler) Eaton, was born April 26, 1927 in Greenville, IA.  Her childhood years were spent in Dickens, IA, where she received her education until her junior year when her family moved to Sheldon, IA. Ruth lived in Spencer and cared for many folks in their homes, helping with household chores and caring for their children.  Later she took a job at J.C.  Penneys and worked as a salesclerk for many years.

     Ruth married John Richard Vail on September 30, 1955 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  After their marriage they farmed for 29 years near Sioux Rapids, IA.  They retired from farming in 1984 and moved to Spencer, IA.  She was a past member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer, where she was active with the church circle, BLCW and the Joy Group.  She was also a past member of the Eastern Star and enjoyed gardening and reading.  She also was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs. Ruth would always be known with a smile and a kind word for all.

     She passed away at Northshire Residence in Spencer on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at the age of 95.  Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John in 2000; a son-in-law, Don Smith; a sister, Miriam Eaton.

     Left to cherish her memory are her son, Nicholas (Marcia) Vail of Carpinteria, CA; two daughters: Cynthia Smith of Fountain, CO and Suzanne (Marty) Koenig of Sioux Rapids, IA; 5 grandchildren: Jaime Koenig (Mike Macias), Kelcy Koenig, Austin (Kelly) Smith, Samantha (Jacob) Erickson and Adina Vail; 2 great-grandchildren: Aiden and Ashtyn Macias; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M., Monday, September 12, 2022 at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer.

A time of fellowship with cake and coffee will be held in the church parlor immediately following the services.
Pastor Ben Unseth
Deacon Lynn Egesdal

Cindy Smith - Daughter

Sue & Marty Koenig
Jaime & Kelcy Koenig
Cindy Smith
Nick Vail
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.
"Children Of The Heavenly Father"
"Borning Cry"
By The Congregation

ORGANIST: Elina Ozolins

"I Can Only Imagine"
Guitar Solo - By Nick Vail - Son
Lone Tree Cemetery
Sioux Rapids, Iowa at a later date
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