Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ruth Imogene Adams Burnes Obituary 1923-2011

Ruth Imogene Adams Burnes Obituary

Funeral services for Ruth I. Burnes, 88, of Grass Valley will be held Wednesday, April 13, 2 p.m. at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. She returned to her Heavenly Father on April 2.

Ruth was born on Feb. 22, 1923, in Arbela, Scotland County, Mo., to Gim William and Maude Ethel Adams. At a young age, her parents relocated and raised their 11 children in Batavia, Iowa.

She was united in marriage to William Emry Burnes in Carson City, Nev., in 1943. They built their home in Napa where she lived for 61 years before moving to Grass Valley. Two children were born to their union; Ronald E. and Sandra K. After her husband's death in 1956, Ruth went to work at Napa State Hospital where she retired after 22 years of good and faithful service.

Ruth enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with friends and family. When her son asked why she had never married again, she simply said, “I never found another man like your father.”

Survivors include one son, Ronald, 10 grandchildren, Christine, Julie, Jennifer, Ronnie, James, Sarah, Ruth, John, Lori, Michael; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Kay on Aug. 22, 1946; her husband, William E. on March 13, 1956; her grandson, William A. on March 13, 2006; four brothers, Everett, Clarence, Howard and Glen; and five sisters, Mary, Pauline, Hazel, Bessie and Betty.

“Don't cry because I'm gone, smile because you knew me.”

Published in The Union Newspaper in Grass Valley, California on Saturday, April 9, 2011

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