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Wayland Mennonite Church
Thursday September 5th, 2019
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Celebration of Life

Wayland Mennonite Church
Saturday September 7th, 2019

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Elizabeth Rugg

Celebration of life for Elizabeth “Liz” Jane Rugg, 72 of Wayland, will be held 11:00AM Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Wayland Mennonite Church. Visitation will be 4-7:00PM Thursday, September 5 at the church. Beatty Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Memorials have been established in the name of Elizabeth Rugg to the Washington Library or the WACO Foundation.

Liz was born July 30, 1947 in Bettendorf, IA the daughter of Arthur and Velma (Rich) Messer. She graduated from WACO High School in 1965 and was united in marriage to Fred Rugg on December 24, 1965 at the Independent Bible Church in Wayland. She followed her husband from 1965-1969 in Texas and Mississippi during his deployment to Viet Nam with the Navy Sea Bees, returning to reside in Wayland in 1969.

She was employed at Yoder Hatchery in Wayland, MHI in Mt. Pleasant, Halycon House in Washington and retired from Parkview Home in Wayland in 2014. She enjoyed reading, camping, humming birds, flowers, cooking and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband Fred of Wayland, children, Chad Rugg (Patricia Tinder) of Eagan, MN, Shannon Rugg (Erin) of Washington and Kristi Merida (Eric) of Wayland; grandchildren, Eric, Emma and Ethan Rugg,  Matthew Tinder (Christy), Alexa Tinder, Blayze Richardson and Easton Rugg; brothers, Roger Messer of Williford, AK and Dave Messer of Alcoa, TN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 sisters and 2 brothers.

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You were a big part of my life. You taught me so much! While my heart is hurting, I know you were tired. I will miss you so much but I will never forget you. I love you my friend!

Kiturah Brooks Sep 6 2019 12:00 AM

Our Prayers and Thoughts are with the Family.John, Rachael, Graig, Christopher, Sharon, Carson and John

The John L. Stauffer Family Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. -UIHC Finance & Accounting (Erin Rugg's co-workers)

Sep 4 2019 12:00 AM

I remember summer days spent at your house playing with Kristi and my sister and "sunbathing" in the back yard. We would make wedding dresses out of curtains for hours and then beg you to take us to the pool. Those were good times. You will be so missed.

Amy Grant Sep 4 2019 12:00 AM

No, we may need your help maki g sure she returned her books!

Kristi Merida Sep 4 2019 12:00 AM

I will miss my library friend Liz.I always enjoyed visiting with her when she was in. Heaven will have a big library Liz, with no overdues. Peace, and blessings to the Rugg family.

Jo Weidner Sep 3 2019 12:00 AM

The world will not be the same without you. RIP sweet Liz

Merrill & Sue Sep 3 2019 12:00 AM

Love you forever mom.

Kristi Sep 2 2019 12:00 AM

Fly freely, so sorry for your loss,take care Fred

Norma Paisley Sep 2 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you, Norma.

Kristi Sep 2 2019 12:00 AM