August 18, 1935-July 11, 2019
CLEAR LAKE - Ruth Ann Lease, 83, of Clear Lake, died Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake.
Per Ruth's wishes, her body has been donated to the University of Iowa, and a Celebration of Life will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2019, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, IA.
Family suggests memorial contributions to the Ruth Lease Memorial Fund.
Ruth was born August 18, 1935, the daughter of Harold and Minnie (Berg) Miller in Mason City, IA. She married Loren Lease on October 6, 1956, in Clear Lake, IA. He preceded her in death on January 6, 2013.
A graduate of Clear Lake High School, class of 1953, Ruth graduated from St. Joseph Mercy School of Nursing in 1956. She worked as a registered nurse all of her career and owned a home care business until she retired in 1996.
Ruth was a member of Clear Lake United Methodist Church. She enjoyed living at Apple Valley, where she continued her lifetime of caring, remained active with her church family throughout her life and also her high school and nursing school reunions. Most of all, she cherished spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ruth is survived by four daughters, Susan (Don) Phinney of Clear Lake, IA, Sharon (Tim Hathaway) Somers of Clear Lake, IA, Sandy (Steve) Roberts of Fertile, IA and Shirley Lease of Clear Lake, IA; six grandchildren, Scott, Jr. (Samantha) Somers of Mason City, IA, Tony (Kayla) Somers of Rockwell, IA, Kendall Ann (Isaiah) Gray of Forest City, IA, Joe Register Jr. of Mason City, IA, Robert Register of Clear Lake, IA, and Jimmy Lease of Clear Lake, IA; four great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Noah Somers, Jamison Register, and Connor Gray; and two very close first cousins, Jane Arevalo of Leavenworth, KS and Judith Ann Smith of Seattle, WA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings, Roger (Nancy) Miller and Mary Lou (Richard) Sheldon.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St. Clear Lake. 641-357-2193. ColonialChapels.com.