Wright, Ruth Jane
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96, of Peoria, AZ, died on August 9 at Sierra Winds Health Center in Peoria from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Ruth Jane Busse was born July 16, 1918 in Jefferson, WI, to Dr Alfred and Elsie Busse. Ruth graduated from North Central College, Naperville, IL, and in 1939 she married Robert R. Wright at Jefferson. After World War II, Dr. Wright joined the clinic group in Austin, MN, and Ruth was active in the Austin community while raising three children. After Dr. Wright's retirement, the couple moved to Sun City, AZ. Robert died in 1998. Ruth married Dr. Harry Maxwell in 2001 in Sun City, and he died the next year. In addition to her husbands, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law David and Elizabeth Busse, sister-in-law Leta Wright, and son Robert B. Wright. Ruth is survived by son Douglas (Lori) Wright of Rochester, MN; daughter Barbara (Robert) Christie of Surprise, AZ; daughter-in-law Jill Wright of Sacramento, CA and brother-in-law Max Wright of Kansas. She is also survived by five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Willowbrook United Methodist Church in Sun City at 10 AM on October 18. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Willowbrook United Methodist Church, Sierra Winds Charitable Foundation, or to a nonprofit of the donor's choice.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 3, 2014