Obituary: Mary Jane Simpson Ruess,


Mary Jane Simpson Ruess, 95, of West Liberty, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at Simpson Memorial Home, West Liberty.

Private family graveside services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 1. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made to the family at Memorials may be made to the activities program at the Simpson Memorial Home.

Jane was born Aug. 14, 1925 in Nichols, to David and Charlotte Porter. She had seven siblings, two of which are still living.

She enjoyed playing on the girls basketball team with her sister, Jean, and was involved in theater during high school. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator.

Jane was united in marriage to Lloyd Simpson on Sept. 27, 1948. They farmed and resided in the West Liberty area. She enjoyed raising her five children and spending time with her numerous grandchildren on their farm. Jane loved spending time outside with flowers and maintaining the home.

Lloyd and Jane were members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty, where they attended with their family. After Lloyd died in 1985, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Ruess.

They spent time with friends dancing and traveling together to Hawaii. They were fortunate to share 30 happy years together. Jane will always be remembered by her family as a mother and grandmother who was devoted to her family.

She will be deeply missed by her five children including Ron (Deb) Simpson, Lindsey (Deb) Simpson, Sheri Chelf, Julie (Scott) McKillip and Marc (Lisa) Simpson.

She also leaves behind 23 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both husbands.

Jane’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Simpson Memorial Home for their devoted care these past three years. Especially during this pandemic, they were her family when family couldn’t be there.