Ruth Sandness

Dec. 25, 1927-Jan. 25, 2018

Ruth Sandness, age 90

of Bottineau, died Thurs-

day at a Bottineau nursing

home. Her funeral will be

held: on Thursday (To-

day) at 11:00 am at the

Grace Lutheran Church in


Ruth Elaine (Anderson)

Sandness, was born on

Christmas Day in 1927 in

LaMoure, ND. Her moth-

er, Ragnhild Esperum

came from Norway and

married Edwin Anderson.

Ruth attended country

school in LaMoure Coun-

ty and graduated from

Oak Grove Lutheran High

School in Fargo. She mar-

ried Richard Sandness on

October 25, 1947. They

farmed in LaMoure before

moving to Salem, Oregon

for a time. They moved to

Bottineau in 1955 where

Ruth resided the rest of

her life.

She became involved in

community service, was a

member of the First Luth-

eran Church and a

volunteer for many organ-

izations including the

American Cancer Society

and the Good Samaritan

Center. Ruth was an avid

gardener, a talented seam-

stress and a wonderful

baker. Music was of great

importance to her and she

filled her homes with

flowers and music, sing-

ing in many choirs and

choral groups. She devot-

ed herself to her family,

friends and Richard, her

loving husband of 62

years. Together they had 5

children, Mary, Chad,

Naomi, Ann and Winifred

Ruth passed away at the

Bottineau Good Samaritan

Center on January 25,


She is survived by: her

3 daughters, Mary (Gary)

Heald of Tallahassee, Fl,

Ann (Rodney) Schmidt of

Bottineau and Winifred

Sandness of Las Vegas;

grandsons, Kris (Nadia)

Heald, Matthew (Katie)

Heald, Jason (Aimee)

Schmidt, Luther (Denae)

Schmidt and Justin (Eric)

Liming; granddaughter,

Vanessa (Kellen) Sum-

mers; great grandchildren,

Tori, Jaeden, Peyton and

Kenley Schmidt and Ry-

land and Daisy Heald; sis-

ter, Millie (Gus) Stroh;

in-laws, Al and Junice

Sandness, Vernon Sand-

ness, Irene Lere, Edna

Oien and several nieces

and nephews.

In addition to her

parent, she was preceded

in death by: her husband,

Richard; daughter, Naomi;

son, Chad; grandson,

Richie Liming; brother,

Oscar (Thelma) Anderson;

sister, Bernice (Jerry) Tho-

mas; in-laws, Cliff and

Muriel Tompt; Claire and

Barb Sandness, Deloris

Sandness, Sig and Mar-

garet Sandness, Maurice

Oien, Raymond Lere and

Corrine (Lloyd) Carlson.

Arrangements were

with Nero Funeral Home

in Bottineau. Friends may

sign the online register

book at