Obituary: Ruth Ann ‘Rusty’ Clouse 1928 - 2012

Ruth Ann “Rusty” Clouse

Ruth Ann “Rusty” Clouse

Ruth Ann “Rusty” Clouse passed peacefully at her home in Lake Montezuma on January 3, 2013 surrounded by her husband, son, daughter, and son-in-law.

Rusty was born in Grand Rapids, MN on May 7, 1928. She graduated from St. Scholastica with a degree in Medical Record Administration.

In 1960, she moved from Northern Minnesota to Lake Montezuma, AZ. and worked for over 30 years at Verde Valley Medical Center (formerly Marcus J. Lawrence Hospital).

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Ethel Russell, and brother, John Russell.

Rusty loved golf and traveling, but most of all she loved spending quality time with her family.

In fact, it was on the golf course in 1986 that she met, and soon married, Doyle Clouse. She was very involved with the ladies golf league at Beaver Creek Country Club.

She was known for her smile and infectious positive attitude and it was these traits she drew upon to survive four bouts of lymphoma, which included a stem cell transplant. She never complained about her illness and lived each day to the fullest.

Rusty is survived by her adoring husband, Doyle, daughter Jackie Adams (Bill) of Phoenix, son Mike Renn of Scottsdale, and 3 stepdaughters; Karen Ames (Lawrence), Kim Combs (Bob), and Kevin Gates.

She loved her 4 grandsons; Jared Cooley, Ian Renn, Ryan, and Austin Adams; 5 step-grandchildren; Agnès Ames, Madeleine/ Chris Combs, and Alex/Arlene Pace, and 2 great grandchildren.

A “drop in anytime Celebration of Life” will be held at the Vintages Grille, 5155 N. Dave Wingfield Road, Lake Montezuma, AZ, on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 1-4 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Rusty’s honor can be made to the wonderful organization, Northern Arizona Hospice, 203 S. Candy Lane, Suite 10A, Cottonwood, AZ. 86326.

An online obituary is available at

Information provided by survivors.


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