Ruth Mae Finnigsmier
July 17, 1932 – October 3, 2019
Ruth Mae Finnigsmier, 87, of Lincoln passed away October 3, 2019. She was born July 17, 1932 in Lincoln to Orville J. and Edith (Schlotfeldt) Crabtree. Ruth graduated from Lincoln High School. She was a homemaker.
Ruth is survived by twin sons, Rich (wife Rose) of Ottumwa, Iowa; David (wife Rosita) of Bremerton, Washington; and daughter Julie Ballou (husband John) of Waverly, Nebraska. She is also survived by grandson Robert Finnigsmier (wife Jen) and great grandson Wyatt of Miliani, Hawaii; granddaughter Bree Johnson (husband Nels) and great grandson Kaj and great granddaughter Signe of Taos, New Mexico; and granddaughter Angela Rieber (husband Jalon), great granddaughter Adalynn Rieber and great grandson Jalon Rieber Jr. of Treynor, Iowa; and great granddaughter Brittany Clark ( Kinison Crismon) and great great granddaughter Delilah of Lincoln. Ruth is also survived by nieces Kathy, Sue, and Nanci, and nephew Bob and their families.
Ruth enjoyed reading, tole painting, and most of all spending time with all of her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dick, her sister Leah, and her parents.
A memorial service was held October 10 and her cremains buried next to her husband in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.
- Memorial Service Thursday, October 10, 2019
Ruth Mae Finnigsmier
Cathy Van Cleave
October 6, 2019
Ruthie and Dick moved in next door to my parents before I was born. Ruthie and my Mom were immediate best friends for life.
Both were pregnant at the same -Rich and Dave were born first, me 6 months later. People thought we were triplets!!
My Mom is 92 and Ruthie was my Mom’s longest best friend. We have all the memories tucked into hearts to carry us through this time of sadness.
October 5, 2019
I started this afghan for my mother in law to have at the senior living center she was going to be moving to. I am going to finish it and keep in her memory. Will miss our talks about our favorite soap Young and the Restless. I love you and will miss you.
October 4, 2019
Ruthie was the best aunt in the whole world. She loved doing things with Bob, Sue Nanci and me when we came to Lincoln. Trips to the Lincoln Zoo and the gorilla that spit on everybody. Trips to Pioneer Park and getting to ride escalators at Golds Department Store. It was always fun to catch lightening bugs in the backyard in Uncle Dicks and Ruthies vegetable garden.
The 4 of us will miss her as much as her own children, grands and greats and great greats!