Ruth Ann Van Dusen died June 9, joining the love of her life, Fred Van Dusen.

She will be placed with Fred at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.

Ruth and Fred were married 41 years before Fred passed away in 1996. They were married on April 15, 1955, after knowing each other for only 18 days.

Ruth was born July 20, 1935, to Mary L. and James W. Wetherholt, who raised her and her brother, Gene Wetherholt, in Gallipolis, Ohio, before she joined Fred in Grass Valley to make a home. There they raised their two children, Debra Sue Bishop and Jim Van Dusen.

Ruth enjoyed life in Grass Valley, horseback riding, sailing and quilting. She worked for Nevada County as the head draftsman in the assessors’ office. She had a brief job with the planning department before she and Fred retired to Clark Fork, Idaho. After Fred’s death Ruth moved to Gardnerville, Nev., with her daughter and son-in-law, Darrell Bishop, where she made great friends with almost everyone she met. Recently they all moved to Buhl, Idaho, to get out of the city. Ruth was an instant hit with everyone she talked to and had more close friends than she could count.

She will be greatly missed and her stubbornness and loving heart will never be forgotten. May her memories live with all her closest friends and family forever.

Ruth had four grandchildren, Cassandra Simpson, Megan Martinez, Jenny Bishop, and Makaila Van Dusen, and two great-grandchildren, Madison Simpson and Ellie Simpson.

She adored all of her grand and great-grandchildren with all of her heart.

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