My heart is saddened by the news of the death of Ruth E. Maness. She was one of the most knowledgeable genealogists I know. How I will miss seeing her, traveling with her, sharing lunch with her, and staying with her when I needed an overnight to work at the Family History Library.
Ruth had such skill in making complicated research understandable. Or, reading a difficult document in Swedish or German.
Most of all, I will miss her encouragement and her smile. What a sad day! Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle http://arleneeakle.com
PS But a bright ray–she has written extensively and taught clear, thorough classes sharing her knowledge and skills–books, classes, and videos available through