Rock Valley, IA: Frances Rus, 91, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Rock Valley, with Rev. H. Hofman officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Friday, December 20, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. Memorials may be given to Netherlands Reformed Christian School.
Frances Reva Rus was born December 19, 1927 in rural Rock Valley, Iowa, the daughter of Maas and Tillie (Driesen) Maassen. She attended country school through the eighth grade. Frances was united in marriage to Jacob W. Rus on December 19, 1947 on the farm near Rock Valley. She enjoyed working outside on the farm, tending to her flowers, gardening, and taking care of the chickens. Frances was a cook and waitress at several area sale barns. She enjoyed sewing. Frances especially enjoyed her time spent with the grandchildren.
Frances is survived by her husband of almost 72 years, Jacob of Rock Valley, Iowa; four children, Marion J. (Becky) Rus, Darwin (Helen) Rus, Shirley Van Voorst, all of Rock Valley, and Tami (Jim) Van Beek of Inwood, Iowa; 23 grandchildren; 83 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; sister, Sally Koedam of Sheldon, Iowa; and sister-in-law, Joan Maassen of Rock Valley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Maas and Tillie; brother, Ray Maassen; sister, Eileen Klootwyk; and great grandchild, Jayda Fay Van Voorst.
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