Funeral Services for Ruth J Fagan, age 89

November 19, 1929 - July 8, 2019

Ruth J Fagan age 89 of Anselmo, NE passed away Monday, July 8, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE.

Memorial services will be Friday, July 12, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St Anselm’s Catholic Church in Anselmo, NE with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial will be in the St Anselm’s Catholic Cemetery in Anselmo. Memorials are suggested to the Ruth Fagan Memorial. Rosary will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at St Anselm’s Catholic Church in Anselmo. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

Ruth was born November 19, 1929, in Merna, NE to John and Bessie (Culp) Harrold. Ruth graduated from Merna High School in 1948. Ruth taught for a time at Ortello Valley before marring Forest C. “Jim” Fagan on June 18, 1951, at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church in Anselmo, NE. Ruth and Jim made their home in Grand Island, NE until 1956, when Ruth and Jim purchased a farm and returned to Anselmo. Ruth enjoyed reading, crocheting, genealogy, and gardening.

Ruth is survived by children Patricia J. Fagan of Broken Bow, Cecelia A. (John) Claybrook of Osage City, KS, Ellen C. (Warren) Pryor of Fort Wayne, IN, Jim P. Fagan of Kearney, Mary A. (William) Altig of Fort Worth, TX, Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Ned) Wemhoff of Clarks, son-in-law Russ Freyer of Omaha, ten grandchildren, Heather (Rob) Richardson, John Claybrook, Augusta Pryor, Annie Pryor, George (Alisha) Pryor, Christine (Ryan) Kupfer, Amanda Altig, Andrew (Jodie) Altig, Paige Wemhoff, and Jessie Wemhoff, three great-grandchildren, Kaeli Blitch, James Pryor, and Cecilia Pryor, sisters Delma Wilson of Ogallala, Lucille Wood of Loup City, Glee Alberding of Tuscan, AZ, Jane Elliot of Fort Collins, CO, Carrol (Dale) Woodward of Julesburg, CO, numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruth is preceded in death by her husband Jim, daughter Anna M., her parents, and sisters Donna Martin and Mary Lou Harrold.