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With Sadness, I Bid Farewell to My Dear Friend, Ruth Ellen Maness

Ruth Ellen Maness

It is my privilege and honor to call Ruth a friend. She has been my friend for many years. I have watched her befriend and mentor so many others as well. I can’t remember when we first met, but I’m sure it was at the Family History Library, where she spent so many hours, weeks, months, and years. Even after retirement she continued to volunteer there, to help patrons with their research questions.

Ruth was a huge support for and encouragement to us as we contemplated holding that first Expo in St. George, Utah, so many years ago. She always supported family history events and the opportunity to share her knowledge with others.

Since retiring from FamilySearch a few years ago, she has traveled with me extensively throughout the United States. She has written and contributed to several Research Guide books for the benefit of researchers for years to come. Ruth was a pillar in the genealogy community and will be sorely missed. She passed away on 22 June 2017.

Farewell Ruth, I know you will be busy greeting your loved ones and all those whom you have served. I am forever grateful for our years of friendship and the influence for good you have been in my life. Farewell my friend, you are missed.

Holly T. Hansen