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Florence N. Rust, 85, entered into eternal rest with her Creator October 13, 2012 at Long Term Care in Smith Center, Kansas.
Florence was born on February 6, 1927 at the George Baetz farm in Smith County, Kansas. She was the daughter of George and Grace ( Lewis ) Baetz.
She attended the Ash Grove United Brethren Church and the Thornburg Methodist Church in her youth. She attended the Ash Grove Public School in Smith County and graduated from Franklin High School.
On May 7 , 1947 she married Albert Rust in Smith Center, Kansas. She and Albert shared almost 57 years of marriage until Albert passed away in April of 2004. She and Albert were blessed with four children, Janice Faye in June of 1948, Karen Sue in June of 1952, John Alan in November of 1955, and Lori Ann in April of 1968.
In 1952 Albert and Florence purchased the Harry Haskin's farm in Smith County, Kansas and moved there with their family. They lived on the farm and raised their children there until they retired in 1992 and moved to a home in Franklin, Nebraska. Florence and Albert celebrated their 50th anniversary in May of 1997.
Florence loved to cook, garden, embroider, read and quilt. She loved flowers and always had a beautiful yard. Florence was a member of the Reamsville United Methodist Church, and after retiring from the farm, the Franklin United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Franklin, Nebraska.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert, their daughter, Karen, a sister, three brothers, two brothers-in-law.
She leaves to mourn her death her daughter Janice and husband Alan Levin of Tucson, Arizona; her son John and his wife Ann of Smith Center, Kansas; her daughter Lori and her husband James Johnson of Smith Center, Kansas; her sister Christina Long of Red Cloud, Nebraska and a sister-in-law, Eunice Baetz of rural Smith Center; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice Services of Phillipsburg, Kansas.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hutchins Funeral Home in Franklin, Nebraska with Pastor Laura Fricker officiating. Pall bearers will be Michael Levin, Matthew Levin, Douglas Baetz, George Haist, Zack Rust and Nick Johnson. Honorary Pall Bearers will be Darrell Koci, Kay Koci, Bob Wagner, Bart Wagner and Clarence Meyer. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin. Hutchins funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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