Ruby I. VanNess, 79, of rural Brazil, collapsed at her home late Monday evening and was later pronounced dead at midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at St. Vincent Clay Hospital. She was being treated by a physician for a heart condition.
She was born in the Asherville community of Clay County on May 26, 1924, the daughter of Roy Vern Lucas and Anna Marie Bullerdick Lucas. A graduate of Staunton High School, she later attended Indiana Business College in Terre Haute.
She began working as a secretary for the former American Vetrified Products Co., then later in the same capacity for the Peter Eckrich Co., as a local distributor of their processed meat products.
She was a member of the North Union Methodist Church and, for a long time, the church's Ladies Aid organization. Her other affiliations were with the Brazil Chapter 80, Order of the Eastern Star and the Modern Mrs. Home Economic Club.
She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, painting, crafts, and especially her extended family.
Besides her parents, she was also preceded by her second husband, Charles W. VanNess, whom she married Nov. 1, 1958 and who died on March 26, 1998, and two brothers, Everett Roy and Melvin Lavern Lucas.
Surviving are her daughter, Rita Romas Robertson, and husband Steven L., and a stepson and his wife, Clifford H. and Kathy VanNess, all of Brazil; four grandchildren, Doug Robertson and wife Kimberly of Staunton, Bryan Robertson, Monica Wallace and husband Brad, all of Brazil and Tony VanNess and wife Carmen of Indianapolis; six great-grandchildren, Alton, Brianna, Kaylee, Ashley, Jesse and Ty; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special care givers and her first husband, Bennie Romas of Cory.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Memorial Chapel. Rev. John Holwerda will officiate and burial will be in the Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday.
Memorial contributions are requested to be made to the North Union United Methodist Church.