Ruth Anne Ross, 62, of Libertyville, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, at Northwest Community Hospital, in Arlington Heights, after a long battle with lung disease. A celebration of life service was at 11 a.m. (with a visitation starting at 9 a.m.) Thursday, Jan. 3 at the United Methodist Church, in Libertyville. A second visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, in Geneseo. A funeral service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at First United Methodist Church, in Geneseo. A funeral luncheon will be served at each church following the respective services. Memorial contributions may be made to either the United Methodist Church, in Libertyville, or First United Methodist Church, in Geneseo. Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, in Libertyville, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ruth Anne Ross, 62, of Libertyville, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, at Northwest Community Hospital, in Arlington Heights, after a long battle with lung disease. A celebration of life service was at 11 a.m. (with a visitation starting at 9 a.m.) Thursday, Jan. 3 at the United Methodist Church, in Libertyville. A second visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, in Geneseo. A funeral service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at First United Methodist Church, in Geneseo. A funeral luncheon will be served at each church following the respective services. Memorial contributions may be made to either the United Methodist Church, in Libertyville, or First United Methodist Church, in Geneseo. Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, in Libertyville, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ruth was born Oct. 23, 1956, in Geneseo, the daughter of Lowell E. “Pete” and Marlene (Mutchler) Ross. She attended Geneseo public schools, graduating from J.D. Darnall Senior High School in 1974, where she was active in band and drama. She received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Illinois State University.

Ruth’s first season in the working world began as a computer programmer in a prominent health care supply company, moving up to the level of vice president of information technology, retiring from Cardinal Health in 2002 and then began a second career as financial officer for her church home, the United Methodist Church of Libertyville, serving there for 16 years. Ruth enjoyed crafts like crochet and sewing, playing cards, and spending time with friends and family, taking joy in spoiling her nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her siblings, Becky Keim (Dan Schmidgall), Howard (Amy) Ross and Cheryl (Steve) Luehring; nieces and nephews, Stephen Clong, Matthew (Jill) Clong, Peter (Wendy) Vandermeulen-Clong, Colton (Jessica) Anderson, Nathan Ross, Robert (Marlaina) Anderson, Ryan Anderson and Nikki (James) Ross Bishop; three aunts; many cousins; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Ruth also was blessed by all the special friends who helped her in her life’s journey.

A special thanks from her family to Jean and Blaine and Cherri and Jose for always being there for Ruth and allowing us to rest easy, knowing she was safe in your hands. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Marvin Keim; and sister-in-law, Toni Heller Ross.