Ruth E. Crone, 85

Ruth E. Crone, age 85 of Callaway formerly of Merna, died April 26, 2012, at the Callaway Good Samaritan Center. Graveside funeral services will be Monday, April 30, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Grandview Cemetery at Anselmo with the Rev. D.R. Nelson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 - 7 p.m. with family greeting friends from 5 - 7 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary. Interment will be at the Grandview Cemetery. Ruth was born March 24, 1927, the second of four children born to Paul and Mary (Genug) Homan in a sod house in Brown County. She married Evan Joseph (Tad) Crone Jr. Sept. 6, 1947. They moved to Washington where their older daughter Linda was born. They lived in Washington for two years. They moved back to Nebraska where Tad worked for ranchers in the Sandhills and Ruth taught in several one room school houses. Leslie was born four years after Linda was born. They moved to Merna 15 years later Laura was born. Ruth worked for Anselmo-Merna Schools in the kitchen and as custodian. She was a member of the Seven Valleys Extension Club and Sew and Sew Club for many years. Survivors include two daughters Linda (Edward) Sizer of Fort Mill, SC and Laura (Albert) Pryce of Broken Bow; one son, Leslie (Aurora) Crone of Grandview, Wash.; grandchildren, Bryan and wife Dixie Sizer, Angela and John Giacobini, Candice and husband Mark Payne, Dustin and wife Lori Sizer all of Fort Mill, SC., Brian Ware, Brianne and David Drake all of Grandview, Wash.; six great-grandchildren and one on the way, and two step great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Mildred Liberty of Sunnyside, Wash.; one brother, Russell and wife Jean Homan of Centralia, Wash.; sisters-in-law, Evelyn McElgunn of Hawaii, Viola Crone of Blair, and Beryle Banker of Britt Iowa; brothers-in-law, Floyd and wife Shirley Crone of Ainsworth, Eldon and wife Loretta Crone of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Laurel and wife Kay Crone of Grand Junction, Colo., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Evan "Tad" Crone; her parents, Paul and Mary Homan; one brother, Francis Homan and his wife Ruth Conrey, and sister-in-law, Shirley Homan.Published in Custer County Chief, May 3, 2012