I got a text from Kevan Hansen in Salt Lake City this morning saying that our friend, Ruth Maness passed away last night. The word is that she had a massive heart attack.
Ruth was an accredited genealogist, specializing in Scandinavian problems. Personally, I’ve worked with Ruth for at least 15 or more years. For many years she worked a reference desk at the Family History Library, helping people with Scandinavian research. During the Salt Lake Christmas Tour, Ruth would take time off and spend the week working with the Christmas Tour attendees. Ruth Maness helped thousands of people find their ancestors. She retired from the Family History Library a couple or three years ago, and has since been working with Holly Hansen, contributing to and writing genealogy guidebooks.
I’m sure that detailed obits will be forthcoming from the Salt Lake area, and will keep my eye open, and add links as I can.