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Ruth Corrine Garness -- Blooming Prairie

BLOOMING PRAIRIE -- The funeral for Ruth Corrine Garness will be 11 a.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, with the Rev. Heidi Heimgartner officiating.

Mrs. Garness, 81, of Blooming Prairie, a homemaker, died Tuesday morning (March 12, 2002) at her home.

Ruth Corrine Nash was born June 7, 1920, in Glenville, Minn., attended Glenville schools until age 10, then moved with her family to the Blooming Prairie area and attended a rural school. On Oct. 4, 1940, she married Edwin O. Garness at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie and an associate member of Our Savior's Lutheran in Mesa, Ariz., and was active in church circles and the Eastern Star. She enjoyed flowers, playing cards and dancing.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Terry (Karen) of Austin and Steven (Valerie) of Blooming Prairie; a daughter, Carol (James) Rysavy of Austin; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alice Melby of Owatonna. A brother preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home and an hour before the service Friday at the church.

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Memorials suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.

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