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Ruth Conn

Ruth Conn, 83, a lifelong resident of Verndale, passed away in her sleep from heart failure on Sunday, June 21, 2009.

She was born in Verndale on May 24, 1926, to Daphne (Snow) and Paul Denny. She married Bently Conn on Feb. 21, 1944, in Wadena.

Her life revolved around her God, her family, her church, and of course her puppy, Buddy Boy. She served her community as a member of the Verndale Methodist Church, the Verndale Senior Citizens Center, The Verndale Historical Society, the England Prairie Pioneer Club, and the United Methodist Women's Group. She had been employed as a maid at Commercial Hotel and cleaned many homes in the Wadena community. She enjoyed church work, Bible studies, and flower gardening.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, at the United Methodist Church in Verndale with the Rev. Jill Palowski officiating. Interment is in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Verndale. Pallbearers are Terry Repasky, Gary VanDam, Wayne Stave, Robert Schultz, Leland Moyer and Mark Callahan. Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Verndale (

Survivors include her children, Alice Bensen of Wadena, Pat and husband Dave Hime, of Blaine, Minn., and Bently Jr. of Verndale; brother, Lee; sister-in-law Donna Denny of Verndale; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Shirley; husband, Bently.